I am writing to share a four-week update report (attached) showing all the communities that we have supported through the One Bayanhian Emergency Response Project to reach and protect the most vulnerable people. Over 95% of the funds we have invested to One Bayanihan to date have come from individual donations via GlobalGiving - without your support, we would not be able to do this urgent and vital work.
In addition to the report, we have published 3 videos of our work via our Facebook page, which you can access here (please like it to follow all our progress). Our recent video shows the resilience and hopes of 3 young people from Sitio Marna, one of the communities we have committed to helping throughout the lockdown.
The full report can be found attached.
As of May 11th, a total of 3,800 families (approx. 17,100 adults and children) have been reached through the One Bayanihan project in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City, with food packs, hygiene kits and educational protection sessions around COVID-19.
These families represent the most vulnerable groups who often have been wholly reliant on government support and those who have been without income since March 28th. FundLife has also responded to stranded informal workers who do often did not qualify for government support and those without food security.
In addition to regular distribution drives for the most vulnerable, FundLife and Bayanihan Mission have committed to sponsoring Sitio Marna, on the border between Mandaue and Cebu City. Sitio Marna is a densely populated community consisting of 550 highly vulnerable families (approx 2,100 individuals), supported mostly by daily wage earners.
Responding to partner needs, FundLife has also helped to sponsor 32 families in Pasig, Manila, who are under the care of the Gawad Kalinga Football Program. Working and responding to the needs of local government, FundLife has facilitated the production of 150 face-shields and donated them to the Department of Health for direct use by medical practitioners and front liners. In addition to this, Bayanihan Mission, a direct partner of FundLife, facilitated the production of over 3,300 facemasks and 380 face-shields that have been donated to front-liners.
We have committed to continuing our relief operations until at least June 16th to continue providing emergency assistance to families who are still unable to earn under the on-going ECQ. Beyond this, we are already in discussions about recovery support to groups who have been left without long-term employment because of COVID-19.
Thank you for all your support, which is what makes our work possible.
Please stay safe during these difficult days for us all.