A mother of 13 children, Lorena, found life most difficult after Typhoon Haiyan devastated everything they had. She did not expect that the natural calamity would bring so much damage to their properties and to people’s lives as typhoons, according to her, are just ordinary in Leyte.
“That was the time that I feared most for my family. It was the strongest and deadliest typhoon that ever hit our place. Everybody evacuated to the Central Elementary School in the poblacion area in Dulag. Later, the monstrous wind stripped off the roofs from the school building that we ripped the wooden floor open and jumped into the hole. There was water in it and worms crawled on our legs but we still chose to stay underneath than to be killed by falling debris. I got hold of my three younger children only and thought that I would not see the rest. I was so helpless. I was relieved when I saw all of my other children when the storm ceased. I was thankful that my husband and children were safe," Lorena said in the dialect.
“On the third day, we went back to where our house used to stand. It was gone. At that moment, all hope was lost and fear of the unknown gripped my heart. I did not know what to do. After the typhoon, my children would be so afraid even with the slight thunder and drizzle.”
The family sought refuge in a roofless chapel in Sabang with many other families who lost their properties to the deluge. Lorena said that somehow they felt safer in the house of God. They made makeshift tents where they stayed for two weeks.
“Food and potable water were scarce. The water was salty after the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan that coffee granules would just float and not mix well with it. We were just lucky that my husband, Alex, was able to get cases of soda from the warehouse where other victims also had their share of the loot. So we had soda as our water. We also did not have much of a choice when it came to food. We survived on rotten or unripe bananas. Nevertheless, I was thankful that we were alive.”
Life after Haiyan
Lorena used to earn P200, barely US$ 5, a day from doing other’s laundry. But after Haiyan, her family became one of the beneficiaries of a local government program that earns her P2,800 or around US$ 64 in two months for the education and health of her three elementary children who are covered in the program. She was forced to give up washing clothes because the program requires mothers to take care of their children under 14 years old. Alex, on the other hand, is a pedicab driver who takes home a meager amount of P160 (less than US$ 4) a day. Their income is not really enough to feed and send all their children to school.
In 2014, Barangay Sabang was chosen to be one of the recipients of a day care center in Region 8. The Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI) and Global Giving turned over the building to the barangay officials with the presence of all the children and the parents. Everyone was really happy. Lorena’s four-year old daughter, Nova Jane, is one of the pioneering children who enjoy the free day care program that prepares them for formal education.
“When you came, you provided us a nice and complete day care center. My gratefulness reaches the heavens as I can now send Nova Jane to school for free. The school supplies that you provided also saved me a lot of money which I can use to buy for food instead. You have helped my family in ways I do not know how to repay.”
“After that, you came back in September last year. You always remember us. You have stayed and you have continued to help us.”
This year, CJFI initiated the Powering the Youth Learning Program in all the seven barangays where the 60 day care centers and the Tacloban action center are located. Free computer lessons were given to the children and the youths who have not been given the chance to even touch a computer. This was made possible with the mobile computer laboratory that was sponsored by Dell Philippines. With the program, the beneficiaries are given the chance to discover their potentials which they are so happy about.
Lorena also mentioned how grateful they were when Global Giving visited them last year despite the long travel to Leyte. “It’s a big act of pure kindness that they came. They have not forgotten us amidst the bitter circumstances that we’ve been through.”
With tears looming in her eyes, Lorena, continued: “Sa tanan nga nagatabang sa Children’s Joy ug Global Giving, biskan tuod na nia me sa Pilipinas ug wala mi ninyo ilhi pero nitabang gihapon mo. Dakong pasalamat namo ninyo. May tana ang Ginoo mana- langin sa inyuha, hatagan mo ug maayong pangla- was, pauswagon ang inyong panginabuhian para mas mutabang pa mo sa among mga kabus na nagapa- ningkamot pud sa kinabuhi. Ang Ginoo mu-reward sa inyuhang pagkamaayo, ni biskan unsang baha- ndi ning kalibutana, dili gyud masuklian. Damo nga salamat sa inyo (To all who have been helping Children’s Joy and Global Giving, thank you for helping us despite the distance and the fact that you do not even know us. I pray that God will continue to bless you, give you good health, and bless what you are doing that you can help more poor people like us who also strive harder to live. God will reward you for your goodness that is beyond compare. Thank you so much)."
Two years have passed after the super typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in Tacloban City, Philippines. Many families were displaced; several lost their loved ones. What seemed unimaginable for the common Filipinos in the area happened in a blink of an eye, everything was destroyed- houses, churches, schools, malls and more. However, with the restoration programs made possible by both government and non-government organizations, the residents have managed to move on with their lives. One of these NGOs is the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. which partnered with US based Global Giving to conduct long term initiatives in the area. One of its projects is the building of three Day Care Centers in (1) Barangay Nula-Tula (Lower), (2) Barangay Fatima, and (3) Barangay Sabang, Dulag. Its target was to provide pre-elementary education to at least one hundred 3 to 4 year-old children in the community and to prepare them for formal schooling.
For the school year 2013-2014, these day care centers had a total number of 205 enrollees of which 113 kids had successfully passed their pre-elementary training and are ready for the next level when the classes open in June. Most of those who were retained were still too young to be promoted to formal school. Maria Jesusa Lacarnia, a mother, thanks the donors for the new classroom with complete facilities for learning. “Damo kayo na salamat sa tanang nagtabang na nakaeskwela among anak sa magandang building ug naganahan sab ang bata sa iyang pagsulod sa eskwela. Salamat pud kayo sa mga school supplies kay naka-save mi ug dako. Gipalit na lang namo ug pagkaon ang budget para sa mga gamit niya (Thank you so much to all those who have helped for our children to be able to go to a nice school building. My own child was really motivated to learn. Thank you also for the school supplies that you provided that we were able to save money. We used the budget for her things to buy food instead.)” Her daughter, Abella Ashley, received a Silver Medal for her academic performance during the Moving Up Ceremonies on April 17, 2015.
Barangay Captain Alvin Surpia of Fatima also commended the fast completion of the day care center. He is also thankful that CJFI shoulders the monthly salary of the Day Care teacher. He further said, “Now that our memorandum of agreement with CJFI is almost finished, we are just so amazed that its volunteers came back for other programs like the Computer Literacy Program and the provision of school supplies for the opening of classes next month. With these, we have seen your sincerity in helping us until we can stand on our own feet. Thank you so much.”
The success of this endeavor lies on the concerted efforts of all the stakeholders. Most importantly, we thank our Global Giving donors and partners for making all these projects possible. Your donations have made an impact in the lives of these families that we have helped. Please continue to support this cause by sending your donations online via Global Giving. Your contributions will fund the establishment of four more day care centers in other barangays to accommodate the increasing number of enrollees this coming school year. Thank you and more power to all!
Philippine-based Dell employees went to Tacloban City on February 6, 2015 to do outreach activities for day care kids. The outreach is part of Dell Philippines engagement with Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI). On August 2014, Dell awarded CJFI as partner of its Powering the Possible for Youth Learning Program, a global initiative of Dell International Services, Inc. to reach out poor children and youth in the countryside through computer literacy. The year 2015 is another milestone of Dell and CJFI partnership to bring computer education to poor communities to reduce the IT divides among the youth and students in the country.
The outreach was the first of series of outreach events programmed to be conducted in 2015. The host day care center was Barangay Bislig Day Care Center, a coastal community located in the municipality of Tanauan, Province of Leyte (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanauan,_Leyte). CJFI’s assisted day care centers in Tacloban City and Leyte Province are target recipients of Dell Powering the Possible Youth Learning Program to help children and youth affected by typhoon Yolanda in Nov 2013.
The outreach is in line with the long term program of CJFI in helping the local government units (LGUs) be able to recover from the destruction made by typhoon Yolanda. This is in consonance also to the plans and efforts of Tanauan LGU for recovery measures being advocated by the Tanauan town mayor. (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/575784/leyte-town-mayor-pel-tecson-draws-road-map-to-recovery).
We would like to inform you our dear donors that the day care centers that we built are all functional and serving more than 200 young kids since the opening of classes in June 2014. The facilities are expected to serve another batch of kids when classes open on June 2015 for school year 2015-2016. This year, CJFI will be building more day care centers to reach out more number of young children in typhoon ravaged communities.
Again our heartfelt gratitude for helping us be able to change the lives of these children to reach their dreams and become pillars in nation building.
Hello GlobalGiving Donors and Partners!
The whole staff of Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines extend our deep gratitude for making our Haiyan matching campaign a very successful one. Our project entitled CHILD DAY CARE CENTERS FOR 100 HAIYAN VICTIMS is on top of the list among the 34 projects included in the matching campaign of GlobalGiving. It has generated a total of $39,000.00 US Dollars of matching fund. And this happened because of your continued support and believing in our cause.
The main intention of this project is to build at least 3 day care centers in Haiyan affected areas in the Philippines that will impact to at least 100 young kids in the community who will be given the opportunity to continue the physical and mental exercise in preparation for a formal schooling. Through your donation, we will be able to extend the benefits of day care centers to more number of young kids in the communities needing such help.
We are happy to inform you that last month, GlobalGiving senior staff visited our projects in Tacloban City (Philippines). As we all know that Tacloban City was impacted with severe destructions caused by typhoon Haiyan. As of this period relief efforts are still going, now more on long term approach. GlobalGiving was happy of our performance. And we thank them for continue supporting us for the relief assistance that we have been doing to Haiyan victims. Equally important you our dear donors who believed in our cause. We know that you would have spent your penny to other personal intents but you chose to invest the amount to Haiyan victims because you believed it’s worthy for it.
Once again, thank you so much.
Day Care kids are back again in Day Care Centers to hone their mental abilities as preparation before they enter into formal school. Close to 200 young kids ages 2-5 years in Tacloban City were excited when they saw their new Day Care Centers colorfully painted with brand new chairs and tables.
Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), a Philippine based child care foundation in partnership with Global Giving constructed three (3) new day care centers in Tacloban City as a long term strategy to address the shortage of Day Care Centers after the whole city of Tacloban was badly destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda. A Day Care Center is a community-based learning facility for young children age 2-5. For 2 hours from Monday to Friday, the kids are provided with mental and physical exercises in Day Care Center supervise by a Day Care Worker to develop their potentials before they enter into formal school.
The Day Care Center Project was duly coordinated with the City Government of Tacloban through the City Social Services Department (CSSDO). The LGU of Tacloban identified the sites of the day care centers. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was made to establish the clear functions of the parties involved. These centers are located in Barangays Nula Tula, Fatima, and Sabang Danguitan.
Because of budget constraint faced by the City, Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. took the responsibility of providing the monthly allowance of the Day Care Workers for at least the next twelve (12) months. The City Social Services Department of Tacloban City lauded CJFI for this support as it is very vital in sustaining the activities of Day Care Center.
A Day Care Worker of Fatima Village Day Care Center with 91 kids enrolled was very grateful to CJFI and Global Giving for this project. She said that without this new Day Care building, it would be very hard for her to do her duty because there is no available shelter in the community where she can meet the kids and hold the day care activities. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacloban City has so many priorities in rebuilding the city but because of limited resources, it is unable to respond to all the needs of the constituents at the same time, and I thank God because many local and foreign groups have been supporting the rehabilitation efforts of Tacloban City, the Worker said.
From 35 kids in her center last year, it increased to 91 attributed mainly to lack of day care facilities in the city as most of the structures were ruined by Typhoon Yolanda. The enrollees came from nearby three barangays that have no day care center at the moment. In an effort to give the kids ample time and attention, Madeleine divided the 91 kids in three groups with a minimum of 2 hours per group. One group of 30 kids will attend the class from 8:30-10:30; another group at 11:00-1:00; and the last group from 1:30-3:30.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.
Davao del Sur,
Davao del Norte