For many families who experienced the rage of Typhoon Odette, it seemed like a miracle that they survived at all.
The typhoon was far beyond what they have expected and prepared for.
Not only did it tear down houses, submerge towns, and displace tens of thousands of families in its wake—it also crippled the livelihoods of many communities, making it harder for the affected individuals to rebuild their lives.
If the well and able people found it difficult to bounce back from the tragedy, just imagine how hard it must be for our most vulnerable kababayans, like the indigenous peoples.
Such is the case for Inaywon and her family.
Inaywon belongs to the Mangyan group who resides in the town of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.
The floods have subsided. The devastating winds are gone. Three months have passed but Inaywon and the indigenous peoples in their community are still reeling from Typhoon Odette’s impact.
At this point, any kind of help would mean a lot.
Any relief brings hope that they can recover, too.
Thanks to your compassionate hearts and partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inaywon and her fellow Mangyans received much-needed help this week!
Your gift reaches their Mangyan Village in Sitio Lamak, Barangay Manaul, through Operation Blessing’s disaster response team, volunteers, and the support of Grace Foursquare Gospel Church and the 4th Infantry “Scorpion” Battalion of the Philippine Army.
Inaywon and hundreds of families received food bags, hygiene kits, sanitary napkins, as well as diapers for babies. Apart from material blessings, the beneficiaries received devotional books and prayers from the team.
The kids were in for a treat, too! They had fun with Superbook’s games, songs, and giveaway goodies.
“Thank you so much! Your help means a lot to us here in Sitio Lamak,” Inaywon shared.
Months have passed but many indigenous families are still facing the same challenges. Many are still without homes; some are uncertain where to get their next meal, while others wonder how to recover mentally from the helplessness brought by Typhoon Odette.
Together, we can reach and comfort more indigenous families!
Send your gift to your kababayans through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Peso Account: 003-000-055-279
Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Union Bank of the Philippines
Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9
Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4
Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Peso Account: 3001-0040-33
For more information on how you can support our relief efforts, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.
(DSWD-SB-SP-000061-2021-Nationwide. Valid until November 23, 2022)