Gemmalyn Capili, COH beneficiary

Gemmalyn Capili is one of the beneficiaries of Community of Hope (COH), a relocation program of Operation Blessing for the benefit of the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.

She shares that the constraints the pandemic brought them have made their lives more difficult. “We are worried every day since this pandemic happened. The number of people being infected with COVID-19 here in Tacloban is rising.  My husband is the only one who can work in our family, but that is an unstable job.”

“What heightens my worries is the fact that he might contract the disease outside and expose our children with the virus. Worse is we have no money to buy medicines,” Gemmalyn added

To address an effective response, COH continues to work alongside COH Farmers Association and Homeowners Association to jointly define both the needs, particularly in the livelihood area, and the appropriate response.

Food processing training conducted by COH RIC

The COH Rural Improvement Club just recently conducted food processing training where they made putokutsinta, and kalabasa pie. The COH also supports its beneficiaries through different projects like the demo farm, where seeding and natural farming inputs are produced.

Ruby Ann Guazon, COH beneficiary

“Because of Operation Blessing, we will not worry about what we will eat for the coming days. It is also very timely because my brother lost his job, so he is staying here with us, as well as my mother. The only one providing for our needs now is my husband,” Palanog, Tacloban resident Ruby Ann Guazon shares.

Operation Blessing reaffirms its commitment to principled humanitarian actions through Community of Hope in Tacloban. Together, we can avoid hunger crisis and promote food security for the benefit of all. For more details on how to donate and make sponsorship, contact 09189067753 or 09399215543.

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