Outside the HFTN facility in Manila, an air mattress is used as transportation
When it rains, it pours… at least in the Philippines, where powerful tropical storms wreak havoc on vulnerable citizens. These devastating storms result in widespread flooding that impacts poor families and children the most. Not only do they have to deal with leaving their humble houses, but the source of their livelihood is usually cut off, transportation to and from work is disrupted, and many times the implements essential to their business (tools, supplies, inventory, etc) are lost. So not only is the local phrase “no work—no eat” a harsh reality, but for far too many families, it is incredibly difficult to get back to where they were economically—which in the first place is often not enough to put their kids in school.Life is hard.The World Risk Report 2011 placed the Philippines as the 3rd highest disaster risk nation in the world behind the much smaller countries of Vanuatu and Tonga. In 2012, this risk has again proved disastrous.
I just received an update from our HFTN partner in Manila where 80% of the area is under water. Can you imagine 80% of your city under water? The last flooding in the region took six weeks for the water to recede.
Rachel Sanchez, our Hope for the Nations partner in Manila, says that “the nation is at a standstill and many are mourning due to the many losses of loved ones, properties and resources. We are all crying and praying as we see the devastation of the ongoing monsoon rains, where 80% of Metro Manila is flooded. What a nightmare! We cry for the poor people in the slum. We cry out for help for the little children who are hungry and naked. They are so helpless, homeless and hopeless!” Mixed together with these tears of loss are God’s stories of hope and faith. In this time of crisis these lyrics of from a Chris Tomlin song come to mind, which can be read as our prayer for the Philippines:
A refuge for the poor, a shelter from the storm.He will wipe away your tears and return your wasted years.This is our God.
A father to the orphan, a healer to the broken.He brings peace to our madness and comfort in our sadness.This is our God.
A fountain for the thirsty, a lover for the lonely.He brings glory to the humble and crowns for the faithful.This is our God.
This post is part of 99 Days of Hope, an HFTN campaign to raise awareness and funds for at-risk families and children in the Philippines.
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