Thank you Canada for your support

Nov
20

I am so proud to be Canadian. Although very conscious of military presence everywhere, at the airport in Iloilo, Panay Island, I saw a Canadian flag on a sleeve, so approached with my passport and had a chat with Canadian Peacekeepers who have just arrived. They are headed to the devasted area with supplies and a new source of energy.  That will be so encouraging but also strength for physical clean up that needs to happen.

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Relief efforts are a challenge in rural areas

Nov
18

In the towns, the people stand in line for hours to get their food 'relief' package, but the message is not getting to those on the coast who have further to travel. There is no way to communicate with the displaced and marginalized.

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Clean up after the Typhoon

Nov
18

A survivor spoke about the wind blowing so hard and waves as high as the coconuts in the trees. Down the street is the Technical College, destroyed. The gym was designated as the community evacuation center but the roof collapsed with the force of the winds and the waves washed over other classrooms. Trees were uprooted falling on buildings and blocking roads.

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Visiting those affected by Typhoon Yolanda

Nov
17

Just returning from 24 hours touring Estancia, one of the areas gravely affected by Typhoon Yolanda and my heart is breaking with the devastation I have seen and pain that has been shared interviewing people. 98% of the community has been affected and the long term implications are overwhelming.

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Relief packing to feed 30,000 affected by Typhoon Yolanda

Nov
14

Today has been one of high emotions as I had a challenging visit back to the Smokey Mountain Day Care which has been badly vandalized....but more about that later.  Last evening upon our return from the Women's Jubille gathering, volunteer workers had been busy preparing relief packages and the truck was half full.  By this afternoon, three large container trucks had begun the 10-hour drive to reach the affected area.The goal is to feed 30,000 people with packages designed for a family of five to last a week.

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Ecumenical Women's Jubilee day 3 MA BOO HI (long live!)

Nov
13

The collective energy of this group of women representing different faith and social action groups is very empowering.  We wrestled with the Biblical characters of Miriam and Deborah, their visions and struggles to be faithful leaders, recognizing that 88% of women in the Philippines come from the basic masses, meaning workers and farmers where every day is a struggle. Our discussions focussed upon what are the visions for this country, what are the struggles that we as women are experiencing and what are our victories as women?

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