The Bernasol Educational Foundation has been quite busy with the cleanup of the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. Many villages have experienced extensive damage to their homes and land which makes any progression for the cacao planting almost impossible at this time. So, our focus has been in rebuilding and providing food, shelter, and continued education for the children and financial training for the adults.
The communities have come together to help where they can to help those who were harder hit by the Typhoon. It’s been an amazing journey for the people of the Philippines coming through such a tragedy and we are so blessed that everyone in our villages have survived and are preparing to go forward with the cacao farming that will help them become a self-sustaining community.
Streets were completely flooded
The new dishes for the feeding program
The kitchen before cleanup
The kitchen after cleanup
Dec 4, 2018
The First 30 Days
By Olivia Foster - Executive Media Director
There are 100,000 families displaced all over Northern Luzon and a lost of 9.5 billion crops due to two typhoon that hit this area.
For the past 4 weeks, Dr. Joel A. Tejedo, missionary professor of the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary and president of Sambayanihan Ministries International Inc., a Christian NGO has been able to help over 1,000 families in Itogon and most of the Cordillera municipalities.
We have provided shelter for the displaced families as well as food, fresh water, clothing and school supplies to continue the education for the children. We believe that the children must continue their education and have constructed temporary classrooms for them. Through donations, we have been able to give them school books, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies needed to attend classes.
The women have been wonderful at helping people find clothing for themselves and their familes. The generosity of so many people have made this possible.
With your continued support we can continue to provide food, shelter and other essentials and soon offer medical and dental care, training on financial literacy and help rebuild their homes and farms.
Thank you again for all your support!
Sep 27, 2018
The Philippines Mission Trip
By Olivia Foster - Media Director
The Aeta Women
The Bernasol Educational Foundation's Philippines team completed a very successful trip last month which your generous donations made possible! We were very excited to bring hope to the Aeta tribe through the building of a cacao plantation. This project will create many local jobs and will provide sustainability to the tribe for years to come!
Our team met with the Aeta chiefs and pastors in six different regions and relocation camps throughout the province of Zambales to discuss and see the land set aside for the cacao farms. August is their raining season so we were unable to travel too far in the mountains because of flooding and mudslides. It rained each day we were there which made travel extremely difficult.
The other objective was our Vacation Bible School program for the tribe's children and a conferences for the women. Each day we set out to one of the six regions and conducted a VBS for the children and meet with all the women after VBS to discuss and plan additional sustainable projects such as jewelry making or bags/satchels made from flour and rice sacks. Many women had wonderful ideas and designs and only lacked the initial startup costs to purchase supplies. There are many talented women who have offered their services to teach the other women in their village to make the bags and jewelry.
Over the three weeks, we ministered to and fed over 1,100 children and 300 women throughout the six regions. It was a wonderful mission and we appreciate your continued support of our efforts and invite you to share this opportunity to be lifechangers with your friends and family! Please stay tuned for more updates.