Major earhtquake in Cebu on Oct. 15...
Immediate reaction of our coordinator
Email from JeremyA very strong earthquake hit Cebu City at 8.14 this morning which lasted for about one minute. report on damages are starting to flow in as sftershock continue to occur as of this reporting.I still have to get to the LBF buidling since I was at home during the tremor. In my home, picture frame fell, furnitures were moved from their places, and dust fell from cielings. My two children and my wife (except for one who is duty at the local hospital) were home and we are all shaken from the experience. i wanted to go to the LBF building but my wife asked to be home becuase of the aftershocks
The sto nino church is damaged and there are structure collapse reported all over cebu city. There are laready reports of deaths and casualties.
i'll be sending more reports and hopefully things will settle down.
Please pray for us all
Every day response system
LOOKING ASKANCE By Joseph T. Gonzales (The Freeman) | Updated October 20, 2013 - 12:00am
It's very easy, when a tragedy strikes, to forget everything else and focus on the immediate.When the rumbling earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu, toppling churches and splitting sidewalks, all I could think of were my friends. Were they in danger? Did anything happen to them? What could I do to help, if at all?
Social media helped both to convey immediate information as well as a sense of the scale. At first, the reactions were personal. By their posts, the Cebuanos were afraid. They were cursing and in shock. But they were not injured, or worse, dying.
They were sharing their experiences, as usual with that unquenchable Filipino humor, posting their stories about how never would they ever sleep in their underwear again, or how they got a split lip from colliding with the door in the haste with which they ran from their beds. There were pictures of cracks in doors, of broken glass, of blood on their foreheads (but with a big smile). After all, they survived.
After the personal, came the sense of community. The inquiries became, what's become of the rest of the world? How did our edifices fare? When the news came trickling in, minute by agonizing minute, of churches and national treasures that had been reduced to rubble, the dismay was palpable, a collective horrified groan uttered. Then came the calls for preservation, how to avoid looting, to be vigilant in protecting.
News from Bohol came much more slowly. They were more isolated, and had less developed info networks. But the loss of lives and damage turned out to be more severe in that island, and Cebuano institutions came forward, with businesses like Islands Souvenirs and University of Cebu marching in to deploy their troops, resources and networks.Which is all well and good.
But this tragedy, because of the instantaneous impact it has had in our lives, might make us forget the daily problems surrounding us. There are the poor, who still needs jobs and food and clothing and shelter. There are the children, who still need safe spaces to play in, educational opportunities to thrive in, and good role models to follow.
There's still the corrupt politicians and the pork barrel system, for crying out loud, who are probably responsible for the crappy disaster response system that we have, that we should not forget. (If you think about it, how many helicopters and spanking new hospitals with modern equipment could we have had in place now if not for the corruption that bled those resources away?)
So we could pour cash and sardines and toilet paper out, and join drives and missions. But hopefully, we keep at the back of our minds that after all these, when we have the roads repaired and the houses restored, when the aftershocks fade away and people sleep safely in their beds without fear of being crushed to death, that there's more to tackle out there. That reality hasn't gone away, that the crushing burden most Filipinos face are still ever present.
For example, there are still foundations out there like Little Bamboo Foundation, a private NGO providing a day care center for impoverished pre-schoolers in the heart of Cebu's poor, that still needs constant infusions to sustain the daily needs of beautiful souls with heartwarming smiles. (And yes, it's not a conduit for pork barrel money.)
So while that heartwarming generosity of spirit is still flush in our systems, let's make sure it wasn't just adrenaline fed, a knee-jerk reaction to a crisis, or a hasty thank you to the gods for allowing us to survive. Hopefully, all that beautiful sense of community doesn't fade, but actually becomes ingrained in our system and is sustained.
The children and their issues and their poverty don't go away and disappear. And neither should we.
Staff & beneficiaries safe but former staff affected
Everybody is still quite shocked and the earth is stil trembling.Staff and beneficiaries are safe but 2 former teachers who live in Bohol need help, they have young kids, their houses have been destroyed and they have little access to water.
We will send them Relief Packs.
For our children, we want to organise psychological support through debriefing sessions.
Little Bamboo's response to Typhoon Yolanda
Cebu City was spared from the worst, but only 100km away villages were destroyed. People who already had so little are now in need for everything.
Little Bamboo is a long term education project and we want to stay focused. However we also wanted to do something, even if very little...
Here is how it went!
You trusted us with over 15 000 euros to help the victims of the Typhoon that devastated the Phillippines.
Little Bamboo wanted to make a very humble but effective contribution. WE DID!!!
On January 16, Little Bamboo distributed over 1600 emergency relief packs (each containing 5kg of rice, 6 pieces of canned goods, water, salt, oil and detergent).
Over 1100 went to 2 communities North of Cebu which had been "forgotten" by international and national help.
People's jaws dropped when they saw us coming with our big truck (that had trouble reaching their villages) !!
We have also committed to rebuilding two houses there. Sister Anne, our partner for the last 10 years, is coordinating the construction. She will keep us posted.
The remaining 500 packs went to victims of a fire last December, in a slum close to Little Bamboo.
Rezlin (see picture to the right) is one of the victims and also one of our beneficiaries in the sponsorship. She is 13, in the 7th grade and is at the top of her class with an 89% average! Her house was burnt in the fire. Rezlin's dream is to become a nurse (and we will make sure she can achieve it). We believe in her!
YOU CAN BE SURE YOUR HELP IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THESE PEOPLE!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!