Over the past month since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) we have received an outpouring of generosity and support from individuals and organizations from around the world. We are blown away by the response of so many, and incredibly grateful to receive help during such a difficult time for our entire island. Our communities have been devastated, many lives have been lost in our cities and towns, but our hope for a better future has not been diminished thanks to your support. It is your thoughts, donations, prayers, volunteer hours, fundraising, and relief that helps us survive each week and maintain optimism for the future. We are commited to helping rebuild not only homes, but more importantly lives.
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Our communities are showing signs of change. Slowly but surely the roads and neighborhoods are being cleaned up by NGO programs entitled “Cash for work,” which pay locals to clean up the debris and wreckage from the storm. These programs provide a much needed income to local families and help supply the labor needed to restore the affected communities. Hundreds of individuals can be seen removing debris from road ways, sidewalks, and homes using anything they can to clean up their neighborhoods. Even though electricity is not available currently, locals are optimistic that electricity will resume before the Christmas holiday.
To All Our VFV Family Across the Globe,
We are relieved to announce that all of the children in VFV’s Direct Sponsorship Program have been accounted for, and now we are already in the process of evaluating the needs of all the families. As part of our initial assessment, we will be reviewing the children’s housing, medical, and daily needs, and communicating our findings directly to sponsors as well as considering them on a larger scale when implementing new initiatives in our communities. We are doing our best to effectively provide relief goods to all our sponsored children and their families at this time, especially those in the greatest need.