3rd Service Project for the victims of typhoons in the Philippine
The International Association of Youth and Students for Peace – Pilipinas (IAYSP-Pilipinas), together with the HJ-Youth Leadership Training International (HJ-YLT International), went to Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal last November on 29-30, 2020, to conduct a service project and community service offering aid and support to the affected families of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), which hit the Philippines last November 12, 2020. The project entitled: Tulong-tulong sa Pagbangon (Recovery Assistance) was spearheaded by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Universal Peace Federation, and Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), in cooperation with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Brgy. Daraitan.
Daraitan is a barangay belonging to the municipality of Tanay, Province of Rizal in the Region IV CALABARZON area in the Philippines, which has approximately 2000 families. Among them, 150 were widely affected and damaged, 363 were partially damaged, and 36 were lightly damaged.
According to the Local Government Unit of Brgy. Daraitan, data showed there are also large sources of economic infrastructure and agriculture greatly destructed and damage in the area; like calamansi and coconut plantation.
About 150 families were recipients of the aid and support. Rice, basins, and pails were given to at least, help them provide their basic needs for days. HJ-YLT International took the initiative so that twenty families could receive a mini stove and galvanized roofs to help them start restructuring their houses.
Moreover, 32 young volunteers from IAYSP-Pilipinas, HJ-YLT International, World Tong-Il Moo Do Federation, and International Peace Leadership College joined and participated in the relief giving operation and community service.
They involved cleaning the houses that were vastly destroyed by the typhoon. Indeed, it was a great experience for the participants to emerge themselves in the community, especially in times like this.
The young volunteers who participated had deep realizations through meeting and talking with the families who witnessed and experienced the effect of the typhoon; they were able to understand better the suffering heart of the victims. That led them to take a strong determination in taking action and responsibility, especially in taking care of the
environment and giving importance to realizing their role in the community.
The sight of smiles on the peoples’ faces gave drive to the young volunteers to do more and take action. For example, to help decrease climate change and environmental crisis, supporting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. No.