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Storm Leaves Lasting Scars

A group of school children smile and laugh as they watch a skit performed by their classmates.  This might sound unremarkable, but for these elementary students in the Philippines, activities like this are helping them cope in the aftermath of the super typhoon that wrecked their homes and village.  Many, like 5-year-old Armel, went without food for days. 

“My dad found a little bit of bread,” the little guy said.  “It tasted stale, but I ate it anyway.”

The typhoon took more than just their home; Armel lost his mother and baby brother in the storm.  When his father went to look for work in the city, Armel moved into a temporary shelter with his Grandma, Josefina. 

“It comforts me to have my grandson with me,” she said.  “I will take care of him as long as I live.” 

In the days just after the storm, Grandma Josefina made a few dollars clearing debris, but that job soon ended. 

“I worry about providing for my grandson’s needs while his dad looks for a new job in the city,” she lamented. 

Fortunately, she didn’t have to worry for long. 

First, CBN came to their village with much needed food aid that would last for weeks.  Then we started a lunch program at Armel’s school, where he gets a hot nutritious meal five days per week. 

“He has more energy now,” his Grandma said.  “He gets to eat healthy meals and fruits in school every day.” 

“Our lunch tastes good,” he said.  “My favorite foods are fish and bananas!”

But Armel and his Grandma still needed a place of their own to live.  So CBN built them a new home!  Now, Armel’s sister was able to move in with them to help around the house and their father found a new job in the city.  He’s now able to consistently send money home to support the family.

“CBN has been a huge help in our recovery from the typhoon,” Grandma Josefina said.  “You gave us what we needed to keep going.” 

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