9 February 2022 – Building a home is one of the dreams of a Filipino. It is a hope and dream to provide a safe and secured refuge for their children and their families, especially during disasters. However, what if these dreams were shattered in just a day?
More than 280,000 households in the province of Bohol were extremely devastated by Typhoon Odette. Thousands of these families in the municipality of Candijay lost their homes. There were families where their houses’ roofs were removed by strong winds, and some homes were totally destructed and nothing on their house was left with them.
In Candijay, Bohol, we met the family of Nanay Jeanette. She is one of the beneficiaries that received rice support in Candijay.
Their house was totally damaged, their entire roof flew by the strong winds leaving their properties and personal belongings damaged.
They are currently staying in a chapel near their house, however, they still have to use tarpaulins to cover the area so they would not feel cold at night.
“Kinabukasan nakita nalang namin yung bahay namin natumba lahat. Yung bahay po namin, hindi pa po talaga ‘yon natirahan. Unti-unti, kapag may pera aanuhan, tapos ‘yon natumba,” Nanay Jeanette said.
“After the typhoon, we saw our home destroyed. Our home is not yet finished, we are slowly building it if money is available, but just like that, everything fell,” Nanay Jeanette said.
It was very difficult for Nanay Jeanette because, according to her, they were slowly building their home for a long time but in just a day everything they had built was gone.
She also has two daughters, who Nanay Jeanette mentioned, are also BTS fans, especially Jungkook. One of them is Nicolle. Despite the hardships they are facing right now, she mentioned this which seems to give a ray of hope for her children to keep being positive at this difficult time.
Nanay Jeanette and her family hope that we will be able to help her rebuild their home back and restore their dreams from the destruction caused by Typhoon Odette.
And many of our neighbors, like Nanay Jeanette, still need our help. Be a good neighbor, donate now.