Thanks to your donation, (100% of which goes directly to helping the victims) we have reached our goal of raising the $10,000 necessary for sending a shipping container of hospital supplies from our charity clinic, the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) in Bacolor, Pampanga to the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City, Leyte. The shipment contains much needed potable water, medicine, and building supplies that Dr. /Sister Eloisa David at the hospital has requested from us to meet their immediate needs. The Divine Word Hospital has been instrumental in providing urgent care to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, caring for thousands of patients.
We realize that there will be long term health care needs caused by the Typhoon which we are ready to face. There will be issues with wound infections, obstetrical care, perinatal and postnatal care, infectious diseases, among others. The Love for Life Foundation started as a disaster relief organization after the Mount Pinatubo volcano eruption in the early 1990's and over time realized we needed to have a more reliable, daily presence, thus the JADMC. We are here to help not just on an immediate but also a long term basis.
If you are ever in the area we would love to give you a tour of the JADMC so you can meet some of the JADMC staff and the many patients you are helping. Some of our ongoing programs include cleft palate and cleft lip surgeries, prosthetic manufacturing for amputees, cataract surgeries, and mother and child care. Because of the clinic's overwhelming success we are planning to expand the waiting area to accommodate the overflow of patients we are caring for. We recently hosted Operation Smile and performed over 100 successful cleft lip surgeries.
Thank you again for your generosity. It is truly appreciated.
In early February Mrs. Joan Datu, a member of the Board of Directors of the Love for Life Foundation, went to the Philippines and presented a check representing your donations to Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez of the Kapampangan Development Foundation, who is our liaison in Manila. She is in contact with Sister Eloisa David of the the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City, the main city in Leyte hit hardest by Yolanda. Your contributions will target rebuilding efforts for residents who have lost their homes, purchasing lumbar and roofing materials.
This is a long term effort and recovery will take a years. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Our local contact in the areas hit by the typhoon is Sister Eloisa David of the Divine Word Hospital. With her as our guide, your donations will go towards helping to repair the damage done to individual homes, especially providing galvanized iron roofs (typical material for these homes) so residents have a roof over their heads. We are also coordinating providing medicine and helping replace critical medical equipment needed for the victims that need medical care. Victims have suffered from wound infections, loss of limb, infectious disease, among a host of other conditions. Please se the links below for more information about the hospital.
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).
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.
we want to target areas affected by the typhoon but not publicized in the news
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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