Chip-chip Says ‘Thank You’ From The Philippines

Children happy with their new homes in Machumben, Bantayan Island, Philippines, November 2013.
Children happy with their new homes in Machumben, Bantayan Island, Philippines, November 2013.

 

Machumben is barely a village, rather a settlement, just outside of Santa Fe airport on the remote Bantayan Island, Philippines. Here lives one of the estimated five million children believed to have been affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. His name is Chip-chip. He is five years old and is grateful to each and every one of you who has helped bring ShelterBox aid to him and his 18-person family.

As the ShelterBox Response Team arrive at Machumben, cows are roaming across the land against the shocking backdrop of shattered homes, ripped power lines snapping in the wind and roofs peeled off like tin can lids.
‘This little settlement is pretty far off the grid so to speak,’ says Response Team member Bill Decker (US). ‘There’re no services here, no stores, now no electricity. All these people have are two water wells and the land they farm for corn, which luckily hasn’t been damaged by the storm.’
Five-year-old Chip-chip is thankful to be safe and sheltered with his family again thanks to the aid from ShelterBox, November 2013.
Five-year-old Chip-chip is thankful to be safe and sheltered with his family again thanks to the aid from ShelterBox, November 2013.

 

Chip-chip has nine young siblings and his mother is seven months pregnant. The other household members are extended family. Prior to receiving ShelterBox aid they had began to build makeshift structures to stay in while they attempted to repair their home. With so much damage and so few resources, the wind-felled wood was insufficient to do both.
‘Because there have been many challenges in getting aid to where it is needed to be and finding these people so isolated, it has been tremendously satisfying bringing shelter to Chip-chip and his family,’ continues Bill.
‘Thank you to all those who have helped provide shelter and safety to Chip-chip’s family; starting with the donors who fund the aid, to the volunteers who pack it and deliver it. It has been a very moving experience being here.’
From everyone at ShelterBox, a big thanks to you all who have helped bring Chip-chip and his family together again. They can now continue to farm their land and begin to rebuild their homes.
You can help make a difference to more families affected by Typhoon Haiyan by donating here.

 

 

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