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Operation Ahon Update February 2014 Makasapi na gyud ko (finally I can have my own money) a mother who attended the Therapeutic Massage Workshop in Ormoc City What s the name of your organization? Let s keep in touch. I want to bring this to our barangays. Cristina Romualdez, City Councilor and wife of the Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez referring to the diswashing soap making workshop. Kayo ang unang gumawa ng ganito (livelihood workshops) . Marami pumupunta dito para mamigay lang. Chiqui Dolina, executive assistant of Cristina Romualdez Maayo na kay aron dili na lang magsigue ug pangayo (That s good so that they would stop begging) Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla referring to our livelihood workshops and their effect on the Yolanda survivors of his city. Thank you for being one of our first responders Dr. Medith Labarda, IVCF grad in Tacloban and Yolanda survivor Gusto ng mga kapitbahay namin ang binigay ninyong relief pack. Completo kasi, may pang shave pa at candila at posporo Jocelyn Alvarez, IVCF grad, Yolanda survivor and our host in Tacloban.

Op Ahon Team with Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla

These feedback we got from the recent Op Ahon to Tacloban last Feb. 10 -13, 2014 are not only affirming but cathartic as well for us who were with the first team that came last Nov.14, 2013. The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Samar and Leyte are starting to recover albeit slower than expected, from the ravages of super typhoon Yolanda. Classes have resumed and are extended to May. Markets and stores have opened and people are recovering their normal routines. But deep scars remain. One of these is the mendicant attitude fostered among the survivors from constantly receiving relief and dole outs from government and private groups. Many mothers invited by the LGU in Tacloban did not come to the workshops although their evacuation center was just a stone s throw away from the venue. We aim to help to stop this trend by launching Op Ahon Tacloban Livelihood Training Workshops. The brainchild of Ferdie Marano, Regional Director of IVCF Bicol, it offered four workshops for livelihood Cooking for Business, Upholstery Making, Dishwashing Soap Making and Therapeutic Massage. Conducted by graduates he personally trained, we held it in Tacloban and Ormoc. Coordinating with the LGUs and our local grads

Op Ahon Team with Tacloban City Councilor and Mayor's wife Cristina Romualdez

Op Ahon Team with Tacloban students and grads and host family

Op Ahon Livelihhod Training Team

and churches, the workshops catered to 60 participants in Tacloban and 75 participants in Ormoc. We also distributed books, hygiene kits, slippers, dishwashing soap, and stuffed toys from MEANS Connect and Loving Hugs Inc. to 47 kids in Tacloban and 91 kids in Ormoc. We also gave 2 starter tool kits for upholstery making in Tacloban and 5 in Ormoc. Our local church partner in Ormoc is the Ormoc City Baptist Church who hosted the workshops. The Mayor of Ormoc sent 3 representatives from City Hall to take part and observe. One of them, Elvie Roa, covered the event for the Philippine News Agency. (see related article)

IVCF grads who are also leaders of the church..

The venue in Tacloban was the covered court of the City Engineer s Office. The UCCP Church of Tacloban, kindly lent us tables and chairs for the workshops through Charly and Medith Labarda,

Elsewhere in Negros and Capiz, IVCF ers continue to partner with MEANS Connect, and Loving Hugs Inc. to bring cheer to the affected

Workshop on Dishwashing Soap & Fabric Conditioner Making

Workshop on Upholstery making

In Tacloban, 27 students from East Visayas State University in Tanauan attended the workshops and received P1,000 each as school allowance from Mimi Voo, an IVCF grad from the region, now based in Singapore. Over in Estancia, Iloilo, IVCF ers led by our staff Christy Jutare are conducting Operation Banca to build and distribute fishing boats to dispossessed fisherfolks because of typhoon Yolanda. They are currently building 11 small boats and 1 bigger passenger boat, all to be equipped with engines.

Op Banca

Workshop on Cooking for Business

children and folks in Molocabac Island, Sagay and Libas, Roxas City. They distributed stuffed toys and hygiene kits and conducted fun filled face painting sessions in both areas. They added solar radios fixed tuned to a Christian radio station, DYVS, to recipients in Molocabac. 440 children and 50 adults were ministered to at Molocabac with 25 families receiving their solar radios. And 254 children were ministered to in Libas. A team from Cebu is slated to visit Leyte in March to distribute relief goods, stuffed toys and hygiene kits also in partnership with MEANS Connect and Loving Hugs. Lala Pla, CEV RD, and Eli Canonigo, CEVRU staff, visited Bohol and Tacloban last December, helping local grads rebuild their damaged roofs by giving cash and building materials. Two chain saws were left in the care of Tacloban grads for them to use for livelihood purposes among themselves. They will set up their own operating scheme. Erwin and Medy Royo, members of the RAC, head this project.

Enjoying their stuffed toys

Workshop on Therapeutic Massage

To date we have disbursed P1,240,779.70 of the P1,744,088.15 we have received for Operation Ahon Yolanda leaving a balance of P503,308.45 Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all those who shared their resources, time and effort, many sacrificially, so we can bring God s grace and love to the Yolanda and earthquake survivors.

Face painting fun

Operation Ahon February 2014 update