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Philippines – Relief Effort after the Bohol Earthquake

 In the Bellevue Resort packing the food packages into cars

In the Panglao packing the food packages into cars

By Eveline Gamonez, WorldWide Familia Mission, October 21, 2013

Since the earthquake we and our friends from the Manila based “Channel of Hope Foundation” have been visiting the most affected regions in Bohol and bringing them help goods, such as food, water and medicines. The first day we have been operating in teamwork with the local government and the Rotary Club of Panglao, the 2nd and 3rd day with some friends and volunteers from Manila.

In some places, more than 80% of the households are destroyed, and the victims are scared and live in tents. They won’t go back to their houses because they are afraid of the aftershocks that are frequent. Since the actual quake on the 15th, there have been over 2000 aftershocks, with 5 major ones with 4 and 5 magnitude.

Yesterday we left with a team from Panglao, Bohol, for Antequera, another region that was greatly affected by the recent earthquake and that hadn’t received a lot of help goods.

As on our recent trips, the earthquake has left its marks of destruction also here. – Wie auf unseren letzten Reisen in betroffene Regionen sieht man auch hier viel Zerstörung.

Here you see pictures of our united relief effort.

In the Bellevue Resort packing the food packages into cars

In Panglao packing the food packages into cars

Everywhere we see signs asking for help

Everywhere we see signs asking for help

The teams give packages of food and fill up water from drums

The teams give packages of food and fill up water from drums

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Update from our relief efforts since the earthquake on Oct 15: So far we were able to buy and distribute 3700 cans of fish, 1000 kgs of rice, 720 bottles of water, several thousand packs of crackers and 5 big boxes of medicine. We prayed with each group we worked with, gave them reading materials as well as goods, and were blessed with their sweet and thankful responses. This does not include the help goods we helped distribute with other teams.

Here you see a little picture story of our visits to Maribojoc, Loon, Tubigon and Sakbayan – Hier seht Ihr eine kleine Fotogeschichte unserer Besuche in Maribojoc, Loon, Tubigon und Sakbayan

Starting at Fish port in Manga.

With about 10 Boats we traveled along the coast to Maribojoc

With about 10 Boats we traveled along the coast to Maribojoc

Maribojoc

We had to move our place of distribution a few times until we found a safe place

We had to move our place of distribution a few times until we found a safe place

Medical Mission with one doctor and nine nurses

Medical Mission with one doctor and nine nurses

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Offering medical assistance

Offering medical assistance

Very important was a word of comfort and prayer

Very important was a word of comfort and prayer

Loon
After delivering all the goods we went to Loon

Famous Loon church destroyed

Famous Loon church destroyed

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We are giving the medicine and vitamins to the local priest to be distributed

We are giving the medicine and vitamins to the local priest to be distributed

Security police is needed for the distribution

Security police is needed for the distribution

Everywhere we encounter damaged buildings

Everywhere we encounter damaged buildings

Tubigon

At the hospital

At the hospital

The patients are being treated outside the hospital

The patients are being treated outside the hospital, as nobody dares to go inside the hospital

Delivering goods to Ilijan Norte, a little community outside Tubigon

Delivering goods to Ilijan Norte, a little community outside Tubigon

We feel that spiritual support & prayer is just as important as giving help goods

We feel that spiritual support & prayer is just as important as giving help goods

Every family receives sardine cans, crackers and water

Every family receives sardine cans, crackers and water

On the way home we find many more needy people

On the way home we find many more needy people

And we stop to give goods

And we stop to give goods

And more ruins

And more ruins

Sagbayan
We brought rice and canned fish to 140 families

We brought rice and canned fish to 140 families

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Libertad del Norte, another small community of Sagbayan

Libertad del Norte, another small community of Sagbayan. 72 families receive food from us

We thank you for all your support and prayer! We couldn´t have done it without you all! God bless you!
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