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RGS goes to Eastern Samar for relief operations

Submitted by: regina
On: 21/11/2013

A group of Good Shepherd Sisters are on their way to Samar to deliver goods for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (codename Haiyan). They form part of the convoy that will bring basic food items to be given to the victims.

Srs. Ananita Borbon, Sr. M. Ailyn Binco and Sr. M. Emma Marzan represent the Good Shepherd sisters in the relief operations organized by an ecumenical group. They left just before the start of the November 21 Mass and will be joined by the sisters in the Bicol area as they proceed to the remote areas affected in Samar.

Among the food items are rice, assorted canned goods, sugar, salt, cooking oil, dried fish and cookies. 

Photo: Christine Hall, where sisters packed the bag of basic food items 

The food items were packed for several days by sisters in the different Good Shepherd communities, the girls and women in the residences, the mothers in the areas served by the Good Shepherd Sisters and even the sisters at the Maria Droste infirmary. All wanting to do their little share of alleviating the suffering of those affected by the super typhoon Yolanda.

Besides the relief operations in Samar, the Good Shepherd Sisters also coordinate with the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in giving aid to the victims.

A group of Sisters also responded to the call for more persons to help in packing the relief goods in centers run by government and nongovernment organizations. Another group went to Villamor Air Base to welcome those who have been airlifted by C130 planes so they can leave their devastated areas and seek refuge first in the homes of relatives.

Sr. Myra Atian of Bukid Kabataan also said that the center will welcome into the residence and school  those who have been orphaned because of the typhoon. This is being coordinated with  the Department of Social Welfare and Development, whose staff will see to it that the children will have papers and will eventually have a new home for the children.

Sr. M. Cecile Torres continues to express her gratitude and that of the Filipino people to friends and benefactors who have been sending donations for the victims. Sr. Brigid Lawlor, on the other hand continues to assure the sisters of her prayes and through the Flash News of the congregation, encouraged everyone to help in the relief and rehabiltation of  the victims.