Rise & Rebuild, Gumaca!
Organized by: Mafe Rodelas-Brooks
Mafe Rodelas-Brooks via Crowdrise
October 03, 2014
In the early morning hours of July 15th, Super Typhoon Glenda roared through my hometown of Gumaca in the Philippines. With its forceful winds and inundating rains, Glenda left unprecedented damage that has not been seen since Gumaca’s founding in the 14th century! When I heard the news I knew that even though I now live in the U.S., I had to find a way to help my kababayans (compatriots). Thanks to the Big Bend Filipino-American Association and Crowdrise, I'm able to do something from a distance and I hope you will too.
Not one single residence/infrastructure in the 59 barangays/districts escaped the wrath of super typhoon Glenda's torrential downpour and extremely strong winds of 80 -100 mph.
- Approximately 277 families are homeless due to twin landslides in Barangay Hagakhakin.
- Numerous homes flooded in Barangays San Diego,Tabing Dagat, Mabini, Penafrancia with family belongings and priceless memories washed away..
- Coconut trees, fruit trees, rice fields and vegetable crops that were the source of livelihoods for many families lay flattened, uprooted and drowned. Estimated cost of agricultural damage is at $2.7 million.
- Corrugated iron from torn off roofs lay flat and twisted on the ground. Electric lines and dangerous debris lay across many roads and buildings.
- Uprooted trees fell on homes destroying roofs and on streets making them impassable. Over 3000 homes were destroyed and another 7700 damaged
- The Public Market is in ruins.
- The Municipal Gymnasium's roof is gone.
- The National High School has been destroyed.
- Many business establishments have been damaged.
- The historic and well-loved Fortress of San Diego (also locally known as "Kastilyo), considered a national treasure, lost most of its roof.
- The estimated total cost to recover from the destruction is $7 million.
With a very limited budget to cover all these costs, the path to recovery and the rebuilding process will be a long and arduous road for my beloved hometown. Your generosity will have a profound impact on the lives of friends & families who continue to struggle as they recover and rebuild their livelihoods.
Your much needed support will:
- purchase first aid kits and medicine for distribution to those who sustained minor injuries;
- provide access to temporary shelters to those who lost their homes;
- replenish canned goods, rice, water and other relief goods in the evacuation centers;
- provide hot meals to many families who lost their homes or whose homes got flooded;
- provide clothing to families whose belongings were swept away by the floods;
- provide funds to purchase rebuilding materials such as nails and roofing supplies.
I believe that with the support of the Big Bend Filipino-American Association and through this fundraising initiative, we can help my beloved hometown rebuild, recover and rise up from the devastation inflicted by super Typhoon Glenda!
Thank you, maraming salamat po!
For more information about Gumaca: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumaca,_Quezon
For more information about the Big Bend Filipino-American Association: www.bbfaa.org
Special thanks to Mr. Elmo Caralian, Municipal Administrator of Gumaca for providing the video and the photos and for all his help in setting up this fundraiser. THANK YOU!