Give the gift of HOPE. These are the MEANS initiatives to help children heal and recover from the trauma caused by Typhoon Haiyan. These initiatives will empower our ministry partners in the Philippines to enable them demonstrate Jesus’ compassion for the children.
Small Steps. Big Impact. Great Rewards.
Feed Projects – This is a fun day event for the children living in the disaster area. There will be storytelling, games, clowning and other fun activities. The children will be served nacks and lunch. A string backpack containing bath soap, face towel, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb will be distributed to the children. They can also use the string backpack as school bag. These string backpacks are made locally by mothers affected by the tyhoon. Read to Grow Project – to provide books to the local libraries in the communities we serve that are affected by the typhoon. Many school books were damaged. MEANS will give books and help established reading centers in the community for children. A Read-to-Grow Reading Center is a safe place for underprivileged and traumatized children and young adults to go to. Reading these books will open their minds to the reality of God’s love, His presence in the world and will teach them good Christian values. The children story books are written by Filipino authors and printed by OMF Literature Publishers in the Philippines.
Solar Radios Project – The radio is fixed tuned to DYVS (West Visayas) – a local Christian radio station managed by Far East Broadcasting Company, International. FEBC shares the love of God through the air. Programs are broadcasted using the local dialect of the people where the station is based . Listening to variety of programs that are offered, including bible teaching, Christian music, local news , etc. in their own dialect will help typhoon survivors not to feel isolated and in their emotional recovery. Solar radio broadcasts can reach rural and far flung areas, which are otherwise unreachable, because of infrastructure damaged due to Typhoon Haiyan.
Flip Flops – Flip-flops (rubber slippers) will help protect children’s feet from rough terrain, infection, and soil-based diseases. Some soil-based diseases not only cause physical symptoms, but create cognitive impairment too, crippling a child’s long-term potential. The children’s feet are usually neglected by relief workers because primary needs are met first before other needs. Flip Flops – are less expensive to purchase in the Philippines but at the same time not a priority to most people in poor communities. The Flip Flops are purchased locally. We believe that purchasing local goods will help generate income and help the local economy, as well.
Our local ministry partners have the information, the network , the capacity, and the volunteers to help in the implementation of MEANS projects and distribution of donations in kind to typhoon survivors.