Christmas trees, lights, foods especially prepared during christmas season, christmas carolling, gift-giving, christmas parties at school — these are just a few of the good things kids look forward to during christmas.
But it’s a different picture for these kids at Compostela valley, after the place had been hit by Typhoon Pablo.
We were able to visit the place — New Bataan, one of the barrios that was heavily devastated. Houses were either totally washed-out or half-covered with mud, school gyms were totally flat to the ground, plants/trees were literally washed – out, mud – filled highways and people, adult and kids alike are seen on the side of the highway, asking for food, water and shelter. It was a heart-breaking picture of a formerly happy, full of life barrio surrounded by green trees and plants.
Oftentimes, we see kids just running around, being naive and unaware of the problems in the family, but this time, we saw them asking for food and even struggled with other adults to get one of those prepacked relief goods being delivered by the government and non – government organizations.
Great efforts were made by surrounding Filipino communities and even by the neighboring countries to help those victims of the typhoon. Food, shelter, water, psychological help for adults and PSYCHOSOCIAL Support for kids are among the support that were afforded to them, so that at least they will still feel the spirit of christmas (the most famous Filipino tradition).
Whatever their wishes are for the coming year 2013, let us continue to help them realize it, or at least let these kids still enjoy the christmas season and — the GIFT OF LIFE. God help them!