2020 November 1, Typhoon GONI, the strongest storm of 2020, with a sustained wind speed of 225km/hr, made landfall at Bato, Catanduanes province of Bicol region of the Philippines. More than 24 million people are affected by the Typhoon. With 650 food packages delivered in Tiwi city, the Mustard seed Mission jointly cooperates with local working partner in this relief and reconstruction project.
Irene is from one of the households we served this time. She has 4 children, including an infant and a three-year old. Her husband was working in Cebu, but because of the lockdown, he lost his job and was stranded there for 6 months. Her husband can send P700 (USD$14) home per week, Irene was left without any support. After returning from the evacuation, their home was all destroyed by the flood and typhoon, and she has no money to buy milk nor safe drinking water.
With the roof blown away, Irene can't fix it on her own. When she was finally able to buy a tin roof and nails, without her husband aside to help, she can't afford to pay anyone to fix the house. She used to create small pots with plants and sometimes people buy them online for P150 (USD$3); but the pandemic has stopped the business. At night, she can't sleep because they don't have a door and she has to stay awake at night and keep guard to protect her children. With the food package provided by the Mustard Seed Mission and our partner organization, she doesn't have to worry about food this month.
Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.
In the foreseeable future, frequent natural disasters in the Philippines are still unavoidable. In addition to continuing to pay attention to climate change, disaster prevention and relief policies, and overseas social structure issues, the Mustard Seed Mission will still accompany them every time and invite you to join this life-saving task!