Greetings and thank you once again for your generous support to our project to provide emergency food packs to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Now we are focusing our effort to the aged and the infirm especially those living in high mountain areas not readily accessible to support. The situation is still dire and this is exacerbated by incessant rains brought about by tropical depression that seems to visit our country very often. As of this reporting period we were able to provide an additional of 300 food packs comprising well-loved Filipino food such as mongo, dried fish and rice. Hoping for your continuing support to our initiative. We are targeting to add 500-700 more food packs to be delivered to 2 mountain barrios in Ormoc City which is Hugpa and Mahayahay.
Hoping that you will be able to advocate for us to your friends and colleagues.
Greetings and thank you very much for your kind and generous support to our initiatives. Our emergency food packs support is still very much needed especially in far-flung areas and temporary camps where there are many survivors. We are teaching them how to grow vegetables as supplement to their diet and it is nice too if we can buy for them dried fish, meat, milk and eggs. Food aid from the international community has already stopped last March and survivors find it difficult to cope. Work opportunity here in Leyte is still few as businesses and establishments have yet to recover fully from the devastating effect of the typhoon.
Hoping for your continuing generous support to our work.
My warmest greetings from Leyte. Thank you very much for your kind support to our emergency food packs initiative. This initiative is very important especially now that food aid from international agencies has dwindled to a trickle compared during the first weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda when you can see huge trucks lining the streets distributing food and other relief materials. Right now, there is barely any and this is a big problem especially for very poor survivors or those in grief and depressed who have no time to secure their own food.
Our strategy right now is rather than purchasing food and distributing it, why not grow our own and then distribute the harvest? In this way, we employ survivors in the growing process as well as utilize idle lands in the area. We are able to rent a half hectare land for this purpose and we grow different kind of vegetables and legumes. We also raise farm animals like pigs and chickens for slaughter and distribution to very poor survivors. We think that this approach is novel, cost-effective and sustainable in the short and long run.
Hoping for your continuing support. Please tell your friends and colleagues about our effort.
Warm greetings and may I thank you once again for your generosity. This time, we continue to distribute food packs consisting of Filipino foods such as dried fish, legumes, sweet potato and cassava. We continue to select too survivors whom food aid could not or have difficulty reaching. The biggest problem starting end of this month is the announcement of international aid and the Philippine government that food aid will be discontinued because the survivors could alread "take care of themselves." This is indeed a wrong notion since until this time agriculture is still starting and except for our vegetable gardening initiative, support to agriculture is still not visible as the focus of aid by international agencies and the government is in infrastructure re-building.
This time also, we are expanding our work to cover the province of Samar and we found out that devastation there is also great although news is concentrated in Tacloban City and neighboring areas.
Warm greetings and thanks so much for your kind support. In our last report, we described our initiative to provide a Christmas party to children who survived Typhoon Haiyan. Great for us because aside from the funds coming from Global Giving, there a lot of other supporters who provided much needed support. During the party, we matched from portion of our Global Giving fund, a support coming from Pastor Norman Solis of New York who sent directly his donation to us. A group also coming from a state university here in the Philippines came and brought with them slippers for distribution to the children. Then an experienced team that managed this type of event lent a helping hand. Some other people donated in their own way, bags, shirts, school supplies. Local mothers and older children helped in the cooking, preparing the venue and other related activities. This is how we do our activities here, people including the survivors helping hand in hand. From an original target of 75 children, we were able to entertain 300 plus during that time.
This report, we are happy to say that a Marx Canoy, chef extraordinaire who rose from his humble beginnings in the Philippines to become a chef to the stars (including Oprah Winfrey, Prince Frederick of Denmark & Sir Elton John during their visit to Australia) will be coming on Valentines Day to demonstrate his culinary skills and feed local children. He will be demonstrating the use of local ingridients in order to produce world-class menus and using as oven and kitchen materials the recycled materials from the damaged houses. Marx Canoy is launching a new cookbook "Food Feast: Traditional to World-class Philippine Cuisine”. I am sure that many others will contribute also to this effort like what we did during the Kiddie Party last December 28. Some supporters we fail to acknowledge while others we did. Blessings will come from heaven.
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