After 42 years, Taal Volcano erupted again, which affected thousands of families and caused millions of agricultural damage. Batangas was placed under a state of calamity last January 13, 2020. SAFER launched an appeal to raise funds for the Taal eruption survivors, in partnership with its member NASSA/Caritas Philippines, Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (LASAC), and in coordination with the Diocesan Social Action Centers (DSACs) of Lipa and Imus.
SAFER was able to augment funds worth Php34,840 for the evacuees in Talisay, Batangas. These were used to purchase non-food items like alcohol, bath soap with clean water, and face mask for 60 families in the Motorpool Evacuation Center and 40 families in the Aya Evacuation Center.
Due to COVID-19 and the lockdowns, distribution was postponed until recently. Last September 10, 2020, LASAC was able to distribute the items to the evacuees.
Meet Sarah, one of the beneficiaries.
“Ako po si Sarah Jean Alla, 30 years old. Nakatira po ako dati sa Talisay. Mahirap ang buhay sa evacuation center. Malungkot po ako ngayon kasi wala pa kaming permanent location pero patuloy po kaming lumalaban para sa aming pamilya kasi habang buhay naman pong may pag-asa. Kung may maibibigay pa po kayong tulong, sana permanent relocation po namin. Hirap na hirap na po kami dito sa evacuation.
Yung asawa ko po may trabaho, pero hindi po sapat ngayon kasi 3 yung anak na kelangan buhayin. Mahirap kumita ng pera ngayon gawa po ng COVID.
Nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga sponsor po, sa SAFER, LASAC at Caritas. Maraming salamat po sa patuloy na pagtulong. Hindi po kami nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil sa kagaya ninyong nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob na lumaban. At Patuloy po kaming lalaban para sa aming pamilya.“
“I am Sarah Jean Alla, 30 years old. I used to live in Talisay. Live is hard in the evacuation center. If you can give aid, I hope it’s a permanent relocation. We are having a really hard time here in the evacuation.
My husband has a job but it’s not enough because we have 3 kids. It’s hard to earn money now because of COVID.
SAFER continues to prepare its Quick Response Fund for future disasters. Help us be prepared even before another emergency strikes!
We are thankful for our sponsors, SAFER, LASAC, and Caritas. Thank you very much for all your help. We do not lose hope because you give us the strength to fight. We will continue to fight for our family.”
HOW TO HELP:
💻Donate online: bit.ly/QRFGavaGives (Applies for all international donations)
📱Deposit Online via BPI App or GCash/PayMaya Bank Transfer:
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account Name: SAFER Inc.
Account Number: 3081-1194-21
Please send your deposit slip/screenshot of fund transfer to [email protected] to ensure confirmation of the receipt
Learn more about SAFER Foundation and how you can donate at safer.org.ph