MANILA, Jan. 16, 2014—Children in the remote areas affected by typhoon Yolanda have received needed school supplies from a religious group two weeks before the opening of classes this January.
Heart Anonymous, the outreach arm of the Recoletos in the Philippines and Taiwan in partnership with Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Visayas, organized a campaign and distribution of school supplies for affected children who lost everything at the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, in the island barangays of Bantayan, Old Sagay and Old Escalante in Negros and Carles and Estancia in Panay, according to Recoletos website.
It can be recalled that RMP has been conducting relief operations on the far-flung villages in Bantayan and neighboring islands hit by Yolanda.
According to Fr. Gilbert S. Billena, O.Carm, RMP National Vice-Coordinator, the students from grade schools and high schools in these places direly needed school supplies, because they have lost all their possession to the typhoon.
Billena said providing students with school supplies needed in their studies will help in their recovery as many of them are still struggling and needing help.
He said they are still traumatized by what happened although some understood that they need to move on by starting their classes.
Last December 14, the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos (UNO-R) students, faculty and administrators responded to the appeal and distributed school supplies and food packs in the islets of Mambakayaw, Daku Island and Bantayan.
The group likewise helped the Montfort Brothers’ school in New Washington, Aklan whose school and neighboring communities was badly hit by the typhoon.
Billena said those interested to donate may drop their donation in one of the dropping centers at San Alberto Carmelite Formation Center, Nasipit Talamban Cebu or look for Fr. Salvic Pajarillo, O.Carm (Landline 346-27-22, 346-55-73), Nuestra Señora de Regla Parish, Lapu-Lapu City Cebu and look for Sr. Felipa “Fheng” Galleon, MSM (09218174967).
The RMP is a mission partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines. (CBCPNews)