Early Education for Every Child Foundation represented in Philippines by Cebu-based Foundation Raise Above. Over the last years Raise Above and EEECF worked together on literacy and educational projects, providing young children with basic educational programs.
After the incredibly powerful Typhoon made landfall in Philippines, our partners at Raise Above Foundation focused all their efforts on disaster relief and help. Here is an account directly from them.
Rise Above Foundation Cebu Organize Relief Trips To North Cebu, Philippines
It has been some hectic days here at Rise Above Foundation in Cebu after the Super-Typhoon Haiyan. We were so fortunate in Cebu City, that the Typhoon changed direction slightly when it made landfall, so we ended up in the outskirts of the typhoon with heavy winds and rain. There were only minor damages. Now we are helping the victims!
Rise Above Foundation Cebu, Inc. is a NGO focusing on improving the quality of life for poor Philippine families in and around Cebu City. Please see www.riseabove-cebu.org for more information.
Immediately we mobilized our efforts and made a surveying trip up north to Tabogon, on the east coast of Cebu Island only 14 km south of Bogo on the north tip of the island. The typhoon had hit the area full force of gusts of wind of almost 200 mph. (When the Super Storm Katrina hit the southern part of the USA, wind gusts of about 120 mph were measured, Haiyan hit the central Philippines with gusts of winds measuring 190 mph).
It was like driving into a war-zone. Trees were uprooted and broken, and houses were badly damaged. So many families had lost their houses and livelihood, which is mostly farming and fishing. The fields were brown from the salt water that was carried far inland, their crops were broken and ruined, their fishing boats smashed to pieces. So sad! We were the first ones from outside the area that had come there. This is the countryside, and the big relief organizations are focusing on the heavily populated areas, so these villages have had no visit from any government officials, and are left to fend for themselves. Sally Kelly, who hosted one of our dental missions in the past, is taking action locally, employing people who come to her for help, and pay them daily wages and helps them with food. She had built a resort over the last few years to bring in some funding to the area through tourism, and now her place was heavily damaged. We set up our packing and distribution area at her resort, which worked well with local volunteers. We distributed tarps, rope, nails, buckets, basins, water containers, kerosene, household items, toiletries and food such as rice and canned goods. People were so thankful that someone was there for them. Every day we are sending teams there with more relief goods.
Rise Above is working toward:
- Immediate need, which is listed above
- Long term need – such as getting the fishermen new boats so they can support themselves and their families. The farmers need seeds to re-plant their fields, chickens, piglets, goats that will help produce eggs, meat and milk. Their houses need to be built again so they can move out of the elementary school and have a home again.
A rough cost estimate: 1.200 US$ can build a small house, 250 US$ can build a small “banka” boat.
Rise Above not only sending daily teams with Relief Goods to the village of Camoboan and the area of Tabogon. But they are also working with local volunteers, people from the village, making an incredible progress in restoring its infrastructure, helping those who are wounded and distributing the needed aid. People of Camoboan are not passively waiting for aid workers, they are doing all they can!
[pink]If you or your associates looking for a way to help dear people in Philippines, you can donate directly to Raise Above Foundation volunteers here ( kindly specify “For Disaster Relief” ), all the donations will be used for immediate needs and for rebuilding houses and boats.[/pink]
Rise Above Foundation
Account Number: 0027 60 00 33 53
Account Name: RISE ABOVE FOUNDATION CEBU INC
SWIFT BIC: UBPHPHMM
ABA Routing No: 026002561