Sitio Mapedya is a remote community of Dumagats in Nueva Ecija. Because it is so far from the city and difficult to reach, they barely receive any help.

The OB team traveled for almost an entire day, crossing rivers and rocky paths under the scorching heat, just to reach the area and conduct a two-day medical mission.

One of the beneficiaries, Ben, 65, came to the mission complaining of a cough that he had been enduring for months. “I have had this cough for a long time now. Sometimes, it is too painful that I can’t breathe and can’t sleep.”

Even so, as a father, Ben has to work to provide for his household. Two of his six children are studying, and he also takes care of his grandchildren. He is a very hardworking father, doing both farming and broom-weaving.

Aside from the checkup, Ben also had his blood sugar and cholesterol checked. He was given medicine, vitamins, and hygiene products.

“Even if Sitio Mapedya is far, you took time to go here and help us. Thank you so much! This is a big help to the community. Thank you, Operation Blessing!” —Ben

We also want to thank our partners: First Baptist Church of Papaya, Mapedya Elementary School teachers, the 84th Infantry – Victorious Battalion, and our volunteers, for making this mission a success.

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