From Relief to Rehabilitation to Church Planting
December 16, 2011, close to midnight, typhoon Sendong (Washi) brought flash floods to our region (Northern Mindanao) that killed more than 1,000 people, injured close to 2,000 and left more than 1,000 missing. According to official government data, the floods affected 102,899 families or 674,472 people in 766 villages in 52 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces. Of these, 13,090 families or 48,980 people were displaced in 45 evacuation centers.
From day 1, we have done our best to obey God’s will to serve the destitute and suffering.
- Three families have been evacuated and stayed in our house.
- We also started visiting and serving 12 families from the slums of Isla de Oro, the worst hit community where dozens of people lost their lives. Presently, we conduct weekly Fun and Share® Activities for 51 children in the community.
- We conduct on-going trauma debriefing and counseling for 60 high school and 12 college students at Pilgrim Christian College.
- We formed and coordinate Protect The Children CDO (PROTECT), a network of 23 churches and ministries for the evangelization, protection and rehabilitation of children victim-survivors in all evacuation centers and tent villages.
- We lead and coordinate PROTECT’s weekly Fun and Share® Activities for over 400 children at Calaanan Tent City.
The 12 families (#2 above) that we choose to serve have now been expanded to 60 families, mostly from worst-hit Isla de Oro. They need safe drinking water, food, medicine (for cough, colds, flu, viral infections, leptospirosis, etc.), blankets, kitchen sets, and school supplies for their children. To address their needs, we are now implementing a Short-term Emergency Response Project, which includes:
- Visitation of each family
- Spiritual and psychosocial support sessions for parents and children
- Weekly group dinner and fellowship
- Distribution of water filters
- Distribution of a weekly food ration of 10 kilos of rice, beans, canned goods, etc.
- Distribution of appropriate medicines for the ill
- Distribution of school supplies for school children
After the implementation of our short-term project, it is our prayer and goal to implement a Long-term Rehabilitation Project. This program will incorporate the following components:
- Mothers’ Class – for Nutritional and Primary Health Care Training
- Community-based Nutritional Feeding for Children – using locally available food resources
- Livelihood Training – hair cutting, pedicure, manicure, carpentry, electrical, mechanical, etc.
- Spiritual and Psycho-Social Support Services
- Academic Tutoring for children and youth
- Sports Program for children and youth
- Evangelism and Church Planting
Help us reach, serve, protect and rehabilitate affected children and families by sending a financial donation to our church bank account:
Kagay-an Reformed Church
Account Number: 1781008511
Bank Name: China Banking Corporation
Branch: Borja St., Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Swift Code : CHBKPHMM
Account Name: Open Eyes Mission
Account Number: 870055054
Bank Name: Banco De Oro Universal Bank
Branch: SM City Cagayan de Oro
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Kagay-an Reformed Church
c/o Pastor Glem Melo
Blk 31 Lot 32 Daisy Street
Camella Hm, U Balulang
Cagayan de Oro City
For more information about the grave devastations caused by typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) and our relief and rehabilitation programs for the victim-survivors, please read our blog here.
Thank you very much.