|Sisters in Tacloba|
This past week, most of the attention has been focused on the massive destruction brought about by typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban that has brought with it 315 kph winds that pulverized many houses and buildings, and flooded the whole city. The devastation goes beyond Tacloban, to its neighboring provinces. Watching news updates every evening on television leaves one speechless and in tears; there is so much misery, fear, confusion, uncertainty, hunger, sadness, grief. Dead bodies are everywhere; relief goods from both private and government sectors are slow in coming so that there is so much unrest. One sees people fleeing from that place, confused as to where to go, or how to start.
|Pauline Books & Media Center in Tacloba|
We, as Daughters of St. Paul in the Philippines, also have our eyes on Tacloban because we have a community there. For many days after the typhoon, we didn't have any word from the Sisters, until finally, we received information that they were safe. The media center suffered flooding, so much so that the books were all destroyed. The equipment used for the radio and TV programs were not also spared. But what is important now is helping the typhoon victims rebuild their lives.
The Philippines has experienced many typhoons, but this one was massive – too many lives were lost and houses flattened to the ground or washed away. Those who survived are now crying for food and water, not minding too much that they have no more homes. And so, yes, we can pray for them, but we believe that we must do something more concrete to address the need of the moment.
|Attending Mass at St. Nino|
|Joining relief efforts|
Sr. Melba, fsp
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