Like everyone else, we are moved to action by the sufferings of the victims. Some of us call it a faith-response. Putting into action what we believe. Some do it out of pure human compassion. We facilitated donations in the form of cash, food and non-food, and ready-packed relief goods two days after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan to municipalities and barangays. Click on the picture for a larger image.
From Relief to Rehabilitation
About two weeks after the typhoon’s devastation, we heeded the call to quickly move for the rehabilitation of the small fisherfolks’ livelihood. We are now piloting the project in San Dionisio, Iloilo.
Why do we have to pilot?
As donors, we do not have all the answers. We have to ask the prospective beneficiaries how we can best help them help themselves. Otherwise, it is disempowering and we might be creating a culture of dependency. We targeted 500 fishing boats in 12 months (Phase 1). Ambitious? Maybe. But the road towards achieving the 500 boats and hopefully more, starts with a single boat. The path towards working for and with the rest of the coastal barangays of Northern Iloilo starts with a single island community. And it starts right here – in Naborot, the only island barangay of the municipality of San Dionisio in Northern Iloilo. After a week, we have quickly expanded our pilot areas to Barangays Odiongan, Agdaliran and Borongan. One at a time, until we have responded to everyone. One coastal community at a time, one fishing boat at a time, one family at a time.