By: Lewis Edwards
“It is really hard to see people who have so little, lose everything”. That was the quote of a good friend three years ago when the Philippines experienced Tropical Storm Ondoy. My friend, with several of his friends, was out in a boat for several days rescuing people in distress all around Metro Manila. Last week we had a very similar situation caused by monsoon rains. And as we, A Better Chance Foundation, did 3 years ago we have our own disaster relief program and on Thursday (August 16), we will come to the aid of 150 families in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, bringing them rice, water, canned goods, clothing and bedding. All funds for this effort came from donations made by scholar sponsors who we thank for their extra generosity.
Among the 150 families are 25 of our preschool scholars from this area. Among all of our scholars, this area, Bagong Silangan, was the hardest hit as it is a flood plain and suffers mightily when the heavens pour down rain in epic proportions as happened last week.
Once or twice a year I like to write all of the friends of A Better Chance Foundation a brief letter on what’s going on with our foundation programs and the paragraphs above were not the intended message but events overpowered us and pushed us temporarily in another direction, disaster relief. We will spend the next 10 days on coming to the aid of our scholars’ families and others, but in the meantime, our nearly 1,200 scholars are back to school.
The quickest way I can give you an update is by linking you to my Chairman’s Note, which I have written for our upcoming newsletter. Click here to read it.
Finally, I must share today’s good news. Friend and donor George Nicol of San Francisco, Ca. has sent us 2 secondhand laptop computers and we have awarded them to our 2 outstanding college scholars, Ghita Reyes and Maricar Sta. Ana. Ghita Reyes is a 3rd year college scholar at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines majoring in Journalism, and Maricar Sta. Ana is 2nd year at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines majoring in Tourism Management.
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