Housing - The Compassionate Resources Warehouse/NCM Canada offer of shelter boxes is pending the outcome of follow-up by CDO NDR team leader, Leah Mae Open, with city officials. Other agencies are already providing tents/temporary shelter. The housing need continues to be reported in news updates.
Partnerships - The Nazarene Disaster Response (NDR) team in Cagayan De Oro City partnered with TV5’s Alayang Kapatid Foundation in the distribution of 2000 relief bags. The bags contained food, blankets, water, and stuffed toys for children. TV5 is the News and Public Affairs division of the Associated Broadcasting Company, based in Quezon City, on the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon.
The partnership with World Vision continues, in Iligan City, with the operation of a child friendly space and trauma counselling. There are eight local Nazarene volunteers involved in this ministry to children, including public school teachers, and personnel from the TEACH (Teaching and Equipping A Child Holistically) child development centre.
The Church is also partnering with the Mennonite PeaceBuilders Community, an organisation committed to peace and reconciliation.
Isolated communities - Nazarene young people continue to be actively involved in the Church’s compassionate response in Cagayan De Oro. Many agencies are reluctant to venture into some communities because of their cultural/religious background. However, while facing some challenges, our young people are extending their hands to these communities, and providing material relief. Already 1000 relief packs have been distributed among the needy in these communities.
Cagayan De Oro - Nazarene Disaster Response’s (NDR) relief operations have wound down in CDO, with the focus shifting to medium-long term...