Loading of Brand New Fishing Boats
April 12, 2014 , Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Philippines - Volunteers and staff of Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. fetched the fifty (50) fishing boats from its dry dock in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), loaded the boats to a ten-wheeler truck and proceeded on to their twenty-hour long journey toTacloban, Philippines to conduct series of implementations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Day 1 of the Implementations - April 14, 2014, Municipality of Dulag, Leyte, Philippines – This Municipality has suffered several lost lives due to its distance from the city proper which made relief operations difficult to reach their place. This municipality used to have fishing as their source of income before the devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck their place. After the typhoon, they survived through renting fishing boats to somehow sustain their daily needs, however due to the high cost of rentals; they could hardly make both ends meet.
The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. learned about this plight of the people in Dulag, Leyte and so it sent a representative to coordinate with the town officials and see how the foundation can send help after which it mobilized its resources to send long term assistance to the victims through giving them thirteen (13) fishing boats. Finally, CJFI in cooperation with GlobalGiving and its generous donors financed the production of fishing boats to be given to the fishermen of the town. When the fisher folks received their boats their faces flashed a spirit of joy.
The boats were officially turned over to the beneficiaries through a short program organized by CJFI and the Local Government. Local Officials and town people were present to witness the turn-over.
Day 2 of the Implementations, April 15, 2014, Municipality of Mac Arthur, Leyte - Today marks another helping endeavor, this time in a town more or less 45 kms away from Tacloban, Leyte. This town like many other towns in province, also suffered a lot and waited patiently for reliefs. The town people lived mainly through fishing and after the typhoon, it was really hard getting up on their feet to keep on with life until the Children’s Joy Foundation came and listed them for a fishing boat livelihood grant.
The Children’s Joy Foundation volunteers in coordination with the Municipal officials of the town, turned-over to the fisher folks fifteen (15) fishing boats to somehow give them the livelihood enabling them to once more face life full of hope and inspiration.
In the afternoon, the Children’s Joy Foundation team visited two Day care centers located at Brgy. 74 Nula-Tula (Lower), Tacloban City and Brgy. 77, Fatima , Tacloban City , these Day Care centers are being constructed by the CJFI for the benefit of the children of the two localities. The construction is on its finishing stage and the turn-over schedule is set a date sooner.
In this particular locality, the foundation gave both livelihood and the gift of education for the children who survived a great ordeal in their lives which is the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Day 3 of the Implementations, April 16, 2014, Municipalities of Tolosa and Mayorga, Leyte – Excited residents of this coastal town line the seashore for the much awaited turn-over and eventually witness the first voyage of their sailors aboard the blue fishing boats courtesy of Children’s Joy Foundation and the generous donors of the GlobalGiving. It was a sight beaming with hope as fifteen (15) boats with CJFI and GlobalGiving seal went sailing for the first time promising a bountiful catch for the fisher folks.
The beneficiaries expressed their profound gratitude to the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving for an answered prayer that has restored what super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) took away from them.
In the afternoon, the CJFI team went to Mayorga, Leyte another town in the same province, also for the purpose of distribution of fishing boats. The team was met by town officials and residents who are all enthusiastic to receive their fishing boats purposely made for them by Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc and GlobalGiving. The gratefulness and appreciation can be seen from the eyes of the residents.
There was an unexplained feeling of joy in our hearts as CJFI volunteers who have taken part in this mission knowing that we have been instrumental in the restoration of hope and life to this once stricken locality.
Day 4 of the Implementations, April 18, 2014, Brgy 77, Fatima, Tacloban, Leyte – After a series of livelihood project implementations, this time, it’s the Children’s Education that the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving had worked on. We are turning-over a newly constructed, fully-furnished, Day Care Center for the benefit of the children in this chosen Barangay. A short turn-over program was done. The Barangay Captain and the Day Care worker who were both very happy about the project were there to finally receive it. There were eighty children enrolled in the Day Care Center who will benefit from the project.
Day 5 of the Implementations, April 19, 2014, Brgy 74, Nula-Tula (Lower), Tacloban, Leyte –
Another turn-over ceremony of a newly constructed, fully furnished Day Care Center for the education of the children of this Barangay. Once again, the smiles of hope and gratitude flashed on the faces of beneficiaries as the never ending expression of thanks are expressed for the Children’s Joy Foundation and GlobalGiving. A sense of fulfillment filled our hearts as volunteers, we never felt tired, and we had a full day filled with joy.
Day 6 of the Implementations, April 20, 2014, Brgy. Sabang Daguitan, Dulag Leyte– The third building of newly constructed Day Care Center was officially accepted by the Barangay Council and the Day Care worker of this locality. Again a river of joy flows through hope filled faces of this once devastated area.
Aside from the Day Care Center, CJFI and Global Giving gave fishing boats to each of the three families who were identified to have dire need of livelihood assistance.
This is the end of our mission here, but it definitely is not the last because for as long as there are generous donors, GlobalGiving and the Children’s Joy Foundation, we will never tire becoming volunteers to extend our hand in helping out and giving hope, love and joy to our fellowmen.
Brand New Fishing Boats Beneficiaries
The CJFI volunteers
Fisher folks assemble their new fishing boats
Can't wait to see it sail! -Tacloban fisherfolk
One of the Three New CJFI Day Care Centers