On March 23, Tzu Chi Foundation extended another set of assistance to the victims of a fire incident in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo in Rizal. A total of 150 families received two pairs of black shoes, socks, bread, and biscuits.
During the relief program, the fire victims committed to become Tzu Chi donating members and vowed to continue spreading the seeds of love in their community.
Tzu Chi Foundation returned to the fire-affected community of Baybay Sapa in Mayamot, Antipolo City to extend another set of assistance to the victims.
A fire in the said area broke out on March 3, displacing 170 families. Four days after the incident, Tzu Chi brought the survivors basic household items such as clothes, hygiene kit, detergent soap, cooking pot, eating utensils, 20-kilos sack of rice, sleeping mat, and eco-friendly blanket.
On their return on March 23, the volunteers distributed two pairs of black shoes, socks, bread, and biscuits for each of the 150 affected families.
The shoes were placed in boxes and arranged in a neat line so that the recipients will only queue up and select the size and design they like. It’s almost like going to the mall to purchase a new pair of shoes, only this time they don’t have to pay a single cent. This is why Roselyn dela Rosa, 37, is enormously happy.
In about a week, her son will be graduating from high school. However, the pair of shoes he was supposed to wear was lost in the fire.
“I have been thinking of where to get the money to buy shoes for my son so I was very happy when I heard that they will be giving us shoes. I am also thankful for all the other relief aid we received. These clothes that I am wearing now all came from Tzu Chi Foundation,” dela Rosa shares.
Grateful, the fire victims found the second aid distribution as an opportunity to give back.
After explaining the Bamboo Bank Era concept, which was how Tzu Chi Foundation started 52 years ago, the volunteers asked who are willing to save at least a peso daily to help the needy. Almost every fire victim raised their hands.
Riza Maaba, 41, adopted a coin bank and pledged to donate Php100 every month. Her husband earns very little from construction works and they have four children to feed. Regardless, Maaba is determined to become a donor.
“My husband is able to go back to work and we have somehow moved on from the tragedy. I think it’s about time we pay forward,” says Maaba.
Irene Manaog also committed to become a donor although she did not receive any help from Tzu Chi as she was not among the fire victims. She was passing by the relief venue when Manaog heard the Tzu Chi volunteers explain the practice of saving at least a coin daily for the needy. She came forward to express her willingness to join.
“We may not be well-off in life. We are also just getting by every day but donating PHP30 a month should not be a heavy burden. Besides, it will benefit those who are needy,” shares 33-year-old Manaog.
Seeing how willing the fire victims were to create and share their blessings gives the Tzu Chi volunteers hope that the cycle of goodness will not end in this village.
“Though they were hit by a tragedy and though they are very needy, I believe we could develop many good-hearted volunteers and donors in this place,” ends Tzu Chi volunteer Carmelita Rejano.
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