Typhoon Maring Relief

Almost 700,000 families or 3 million people suffered from the wrath of Typhoon Maring and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon last August. This includes 217 families of sponsored children thru International Needs Philippines, who are living in the Balubad settlement in Marikina City, Pasay City, and Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

In response, INPH provided relief goods to the said families. The relief pack included rice, canned fish and pork, bread, peanut butter, and water to help give energy and nourishment for the families in this trying time. 

International Needs Philippines believes that we are all blessed to be a blessing. We hope that this simple deed went a long way, not just in helping but in inspiring the families. We are humbled to receive the appreciation, but all glory belongs to our Lord.


 

Typhoon Maring: Revealing the Sad Trend of Lasting Effects

Properties were damaged and lives were shaken, if not taken, after the onslaught of Typhoon Maring. At least 27 were killed, while 30 got injured. Yet, the Phillippines has seen worse typhoons. Typhoon Ondoy destroyed homes in 2009. Tropical Storm Sendong spoiled Christmas the year after, and Typhoon Pablo wreaked havoc last year, bringing the most destruction by a storm in the history of the Philippines.

Year in and year out, the country faces storms that bewilder the government and shock thousands of families. These storms displace families and cause them struggles, when they have already been suffering from poverty. The sad thing is: no improvement takes place. Same circumstances, same outcome. The suffering as “storm victims” becomes a trend.

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A Better Reap from a Good Sow

Saving up has become a cliché that people underestimate its importance. In the Philippines, it is one thing many Filipinos struggle with. According to a study by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), 8 out of 10 Filipinos do not have their own bank accounts. The same study said that 92% of these Filipinos do not save because they earn just enough, sometimes they even find themselves in lack.

No good parent would want to extend this trend to their children. But earning more is not just the solution for poverty. There has been too many stories of rags-to-riches-and-back. Thankfully, parents in some areas covered by International Needs Philippines have sought out ways to grow their money—no matter how little.

Parents and guardians of sponsored children from Rodriguez, Olandes, and Sta. Rosa City have all started a cooperative to sell rice, the Filipino staple food. The cooperative in Rodriguez, Rizal initially had 40 members, but they only had 300 pesos (roughly 7 USD) when they started in June 2012. So they didn’t choose to put up a physical store. A couple of representatives would gather rice from the supplier, and then the parents would peddle the rice themselves.

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A Fresh Start: New Service Center to Rise in Marikina

Learning is constant. No matter what stage we are in our lives, we learn new things. Whatever we learn is what we live out. This is especially true for kids. Young as they are, they are eagerly receptive to fill their tanks. The question is: are we playing a part in raising them properly?

International Needs Philippines strives to mold children into true disciples and responsible citizens through its child development program. The program helps children from needy families to pursue education. To implement the program, a service center is very helpful. In most of the reached communities, there is one center where kids can read books and accomplish homeworks, much like a library.

This building currently houses the service center in Balubad, Marikina. Sadly, it is less than serviceable. With its small space, it can hardly accommodate children and parents in the program. The place is also prone to floods.

Finding a new spot, however, was not easy. After suffering from the inadequacies of the current center, the standard for the new building is understandably high.

A new place was found eventually, but it also had its misfits. Negotiation progressed really slowly with the land owner. But the place is desirable enough, allowing INPH to be more patient.

But the talks continually subdue as time flies. Josephine San Jose, INPH Sponsorship Officer and in-charge of finding a new site, felt she had to start looking for another place.  

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Distant from Life: The Lack in Sitio Kasuyan

When we speak of provinces, peaceful places come to mind. The fresh air, shades of the trees, fishes in rivers, and wandering farm animals. In the eyes of the urban people, these rural areas are refreshing havens. These places exude an invigorating atmosphere that fits the bill of calm; of good times and great life.

The distance from the city means being far from pollution, away from the stress, and free from the pressures of the high-maintenance society. Many would vie for this kind of life, but ‘relaxation’ is not really the norm in most of these areas.

Apparently, being far from the urban means separation from life’s resources. Water is not a problem in many towns with close rivers and springs, but the case is the opposite for the residents of Sitio Kasuyan in Barangay Nicolas, Occidental Mindoro.

In their community, there is only one water pump for all. The said pump is the only reliable source of water for bathing, laundry, and drinking. Approximately 60 families live in the area, but it is certain that the actual number could be higher due to extended families—a staple of the Filipino culture in which married children bring along their spouses in the house of their parents. 

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