OPERATION BAYANIHAN (FOOD FEEDING FOR EVACUEES)
After the successful implementation of Phase 1 of our JYJ REACH: Earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Charity Project held last November 17 where admins and volunteers delivered packed relief goods to the ABS-CBN Foundation: Sagip Kapamilya warehouse, the team proceeded with Phase 2 implementation last November 30, 2013 in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.
The initial plan for our Project’s Phase 2 implementation was to donate the remaining funds collected to World Vision Philippines, however, due to the overwhelming turn out of cash donations from the local and international fans of JYJ amounting to PHP 121,795.28 (Final List of Donors and Donations), we are able to extend the Relief Operations to more phases to reach out to more victims and spread JYJ Love further.
A week after the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, the DSWD launched its “Bayanihan” Operations at the Villamor Airbase where evacuees from the affected Provinces arrive everyday via C-130 planes and rented commercial buses. Immediate needs including food, access to personal sanitation facilities, transportation assistance, pyscho-emotional support, and temporary shelter are provided by DSWD and volunteer groups upon arrival of these survivors. JYJ_PH immediately coordinated with the DSWD to participate in this Bayanihan Operation. Thus, the team went to the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City last Saturday to distribute lunch meals and school supplies to survivors arriving from Tacloban City. During the feeding program, a total of 250 sets of meals were served by the admins and volunteers. 100 packs of Coloring books and school supplies were also distributed to the children survivors. Admins were advised by the social workers that giving coloring books and school supplies will help these kids in their psycho-emotional healing while at the evacuation site.
The weather was a challenge because the slightly cloudy skies brought occasional rains that alternate with sunshine but despite the unpredictable weather, the atmosphere was really encouraging. We are deeply moved seeing various corporate groups, schools, and social organizations sharing foods and services that day. Truly “Bayanihan” (spirit of communal unity) is alive in the country. More importantly, meeting the survivors personally and seeing the resilience in them inspired us to do more. Although it was heartbreaking to see their smiles despite their struggles, it was a truly inspiring and fulfilling experience for the admins and volunteers.
The DSWD acknowledged that we were the only Kpop Fansite/Fanclub who participated in this Operation. The team felt grateful that our common passion towards JYJ resulted to something meaningful at this time of need. Again and again we are thankful to everyone who volunteered, donated, tweeted, and supported us with encouragement and prayers. We are happy to be part of this JYJ family that not only supports Kim Jaejoong , Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu but also each other.
JYJ PH will continue to update you with the developments of our the charity project until all cash donations have been fully utilized. A cheque will be given to World Vision this week for Phase 3. We are also communicating with Good Neighbors (one of NII’s sponsored charity) for Phase 4. We are likewise planning to visit another evacuation site in Mandaluyong City that houses 100 Families of typhoon survivors. All of these details will be posted on our site as soon as implemented.