Weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy, life in Pinagbuhatan is slowly going back to normal. The streets are drained of flood waters. People have been busy reconstructing damaged homes and getting rid of silt and mud which the three-week flood left all around the community. CMSP Childcare resumed its regular operation on the first week of November. As the children trooped to the center, happiness and excitement was evident in their young faces. Being able to play again brought a semblance of normalcy in them after having been forced to stay inside their homes on whatever dry spaces available.
Although not one of them exhibited symptoms of trauma, their health suffered the most. A great percentage of them got sick and lost weight during the three-week crisis because of the scarcity of food due to the loss of livelihood of their parents. The Medical Mission last October 27 held by the Medical Action Group (MAG), a group of volunteer doctors from St. Luke’s Medical Center, confirmed this fact.
Restoring these children’s health is a great task given our limited resources. We prayed hard for God’s help for these children’s welfare is our primary concern. God answered our prayers through the quick response of CMD Foundation, friends and other child caring institutions. Supplemental feeding program was extended to more children in the community with help from Terre Des Hommes, Netherlands and the Philippine Children’s Ministries Network.
For three weeks now, the children in this center had been enjoying a healthy meal each day, cooked and served by their parents. Meals were planned in such a way that vegetables and protein are regularly taken by the children. It is a daily challenge for the workers and the parents to come up with creative ideas in presenting the food to the children. This is also a learning experience for us and a perfect opportunity in deepening and strengthening our partnership in caring for these precious gifts from God. Truly in God’s plan, everything works for good.
MELINDA P. TAN DE GUZMAN
Center Supervisor, Pinagbuhatan