Franklin Montellano via Crowdrise
January 14, 2014
EVENT DATE: Jan 31, 2014
HOURS PLEDGED: 100
Update (1/6/16): We were able to supply poultry and sheds for chickens, fishing implements and 2 deep sea fishing boats. Unfortunately, no one wants to use the fishing boat due to the 10% of catch rent payment. We are sending two consultants to the area to resolve the sustainability of the project.
Previous: We have just finished the medical-relief mission to Salcedo and Guiuan, Eastern Samar last Feb. 3, 2014. The mission lasted for 4 days. We saw a total of 586 patients, many of whom were children. The majority of the conditions include upper respiratory tract infections, abdominal pain with diarrhea, osteoarthritis, hypertension and dermatoses related to floods, mostly fungal infections. We went to Jagnayan, Asgad and Buabua, Salcedo and to Bungtod, Guiuan in Eastern Samar. Then we visited the most remote barangay of Matarinao in Salcedo. We are looking into the possibility of adopting the relocation site in Malobago, Matarinao to help in the rebuilding program. We will discuss this in our upcoming meeting for approval by the body. We donated US$500 to one fisherman named Francisco Mergal who lost his engine for his boat in the storm. We also bought many medical supplies (15 big boxes) and donated the rest that we did not use in the medical mission to the municipal health office in Salcedo. We bought four dopplers (cost: US $370.86) and donated them to the four midwives and one nurse who helped us in the mission to use for their patients in the health center. We are now firsthand eyewitnesses to the devastation in both Tacloban and Samar and we have interviewed and interacted with the people of Samar and based on their harrowing experiences, we can tell they are all suffering from post-traumatic disorder, one way or the other.
We spent some $7,369 for this medical/relief mission. The balance of $19,707 will be distributed into two: Initial distribution: $13,900; second distribution: $5,815.67. This balance is now currently being used in a livelihood project for the people of Salcedo, Eastern Samar. The livelihood project consists of poultry raising and crop planting thru a cooperative where there will be 25 members per barangay. Incubators and sheds plus planting lots will be provided for these members. A total of three deep-sea fishing boats will be purchased together with fishing implements. These fishboats will be rented to fisherfolks on a daily baisis and the rent will be 10% of the sale of their catch. The project will be in two phases. First phase will be with the initial distribution of $13,900. When the project is successfula and sustainable, then we will distribute the second amount of $5,815.67. Let's pray that this project is successful! We just started last January 16, 2015.