Almost Half Way to Safety

Trip Start Aug 07, 2012
Trip End Feb 07, 2013

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hello Everyone,
This week I would like to start off my sincerely thanking all of the recent contributors to the Holy Angels Ark Project, the Evacuation Center Project for Cangumbang. The totals are now nearing a very significant milestone in fundraising, this past weekend we reached $8,161 USD in donations. I am so excited for the families in Cangumbang. As many of you have recently heard in the news the Philippines was struck again by a devastating typhoon. Luckily for the people of Cangumbang it stayed mostly in the south and they were not directly effected by the storm itself. My heart goes out to those in Mindanao searching for love ones and mourning the great losses they've incurred.

 We all must remember that these storms do not happen every once in a while for many Filipinos. I have to keep reminding myself that devastating storms continue to effect Cangumbang each year. The people there try to adapt, but there is only so much they can do with such limited resources. A friend was recently talking to me about the adaptations some people must make who live in areas where their homes are routinely broken in to and robbed. People who cannot move away from the dangerous, crime ridden neighborhoods are forced to adapt...learn how to secure their belongings or learn not to have any belongings. The people of Cangumbang face a similar dilemma, should they continue to rebuild their homes and replace the damaged or lost belongings? Or should they save what they have to feed themselves more fully, which will surely not go to waste. Should they learn to be satisfied with less, a smaller home or one less cooking utensil? In times of flooding the decisions the people of Cangumbang are forced to make go beyond material goods. They are forced to decide which child to take to safety first? Whether to help a neighbor with small children before their elderly grandmother a few houses away? To climb on their own roofs or in trees to escape the toxic waters? Or risk disease, injury, and death swimming to higher ground?

I see the Evacuation Center in Cangumbang as a symbol of new life for Cangumbang. A literal lifeline to the people who reside there. Providing not only shelter from the flood waters, but safe transportation to shelter. A place to receive basic medical care, proper bathrooms, food, and water while their homes are swallowed up by flood waters. At the end of the day I may not be able to save each homes, each pair of shoes, or each child's blanket. But if I can bring hope for survival to the community, decrease loss of life due to the floods, and increase their ability to withstand the conditions which are forced upon them. Then I can ask for nothing more in my mission to help the people of Cangumbang. 

As I speak for the people of Cangumbang, I ask you to put yourself in their shoes. Imagine your home becoming completely submerged in a murky mix of waste. Think of the decisions that would need to be made in such a state of distress, and consider the losses which you would incur. 

Last year I was raising money to build a bathroom for a family, who we were constructing a home for. In my blog, I asked people to consider how much money they would pay to have a bathroom built at their home if they didn't have one. Please consider what life is like in Cangumbang, and contemplate the amount of money you'd contribute to give your whole community a chance of survival....
I believe the amount you'd be willing to contribute to build your own evacuation center, along with the contributions of those in your community, would be insurmountably more than what is needed to build the Evacuation Center for Cangumbang. The lives of those in Cangumbang are of no more worth than our own, we are all human, we all deserve basic shelter and the means to survive. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have.

Thank you for your continued support,

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Suzy on

I'll be donating some! I'll figure it out this week. What a great Christmas!

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