LOVE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PHYSICIANS IN AMERICA

Build an ambulatory community health care center in a town ravaged by the Mount Pinatubo eruption to provide immediate and accessible health care services to families who were affected and displaced by the catastrophe and are now returning and rebuilding their homes and families in their respective communities. Serve impoverished communities in surrounding areas with compassionate healthcare.
Nov 30, 2013

TYPHOON YOLANDA

Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross
Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross

The Love for Life Foundation began as a disaster relief effort in the early 1990's with the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano. Over the years we have focused on a more permanent presence in the Philippines in the form of the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center. The recent tragedy affecting thousands of Filipinos brings us back to our initial purpose: disaster relief. The staff at the JADMC, led by Ms. Sylvia Ordonez of the Kapampangan Development Foundation, is working with Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the Saint Scholastica Order who is a also a doctor, to help the typhoon victims. Sister David is based in Leyte, which was hardest hit by Haiyan. 

We also expect long term medical consequences from this natural catastrophe, such as wound infections resulting in amputations, infections of many kinds, obstetrical care, and many others. We are ready to serve. 

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Nov 25, 2013

The people we work with

The Kapampangan Development Foundation
The Kapampangan Development Foundation

The Love for Life Foundation believes in working together with other groups in the United States and in the Philippines to make more of an impact. Our key contacts in the Philippines are the Kapampangan Development Foundation, led by Mr. Ben Ricafort and directed by Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez. They run the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center, a charity hospital (see project 2268) that is located on an island north of the area affected by Typhoon Haiyan. One of the many projects they are diligently working on is getting materials such as galvanized iron to rebuild the roofs of people's homes. Our direct contact in the island of Leyte is Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the St.Scholastica order that runs the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. She is also a doctor and will be our point person on the ground.

Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez
Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez

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Nov 25, 2013

update

A few updates for you:

Our point person in Leyte is Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the Saint Scholastica Order which runs the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. She is also a doctor of medicine. We connected with her through the Kapampangan Development Foundation and Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez which runs the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC).        

  1. knowing the outpouring of immediate disaster relief, via large and small organizations alike, we are mindful of the fact that people will have long-term problems and there will be a host of medical concerns related to such calamities for a very long time. We also know that many of these organizations are for disaster relief. Our role is long term. We don't just want to give hand-outs (which is surely needed now). We want to help in self-sustinence. 

  2. we want to target areas affected by the typhoon but not publicized in the news

  3. we realize that these natural disasters are guaranteed to happen again, esp. in this part of the world. We are trying to find ways to help Filipinos be better prepared for the next one

  4. we have received the acknowledgement and cooperation of numerous individuals and organizations, too many to mention here, and many of you who are receiving this email. Each and everyone who has donated will be acknowledged individually.

  5. we are making 100% sure that your donation goes to the right person and project. The enthusiasm and commotion going on currently is heartening but can also become confusing. 

  6. our work is year round. Please remember that we continue even when the media and disaster relief organizations have left, and to consider a tax-deductible donation even when there isn't a calamity with the magnitude of Haiyan.

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