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.
The Afternoon After the Storm, A Visit To Bliss
As I trekked from Marasbaras towards Tacloban, with my skeleton of belongings strapped to my back and a bag full of every remaining food item in my possession wrapped in my arms, I was in utter disbelief at the scene ahead of me. First the amount of trees strewn across the National Highway, the roots seemingly effortlessly forced from the ground. Then the people; some carried bags similar to mine while others carried items of unknown worth to me, a plastic stool or a single 2 liter of Coca Cola.