Another squatter camp was discovered in our own barangay (village) recently. The residents consisting of 14 families are mostly from Samar Island, Philippines and 35 persons including children out of 75 did not have birth certificate, which is a prerequisite for school graduation, application for Philhealth (national health insurance), etc.
In conjunction with RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) since its core members are AWH volunteer staff and many of its general members are AWH guests as well, AWH has provided support in obtaining birth certificates for those with none and living staples such as firewood for cooking, rice, etc. On March 9, twelve guests from Japan visited the site, initially providing an additional 15 kg of rice to each family along with goodies for the children as well as six sacks of firewood and 3 sacks of brown coconuts. They also bought and enjoyed the taste of the freshly made ‘taho’ (tofu with tapioca & syrup), which is their livelihood product. Firewood and coconuts are also provided on a continuing as available and needed basis.
On Dec. 16, 2016 Dr. Klaus, Madame Yoshiko and volunteer Christine attended a very enjoyable children’s Christmas play at Home for the 100th Sheep Day Care in Dasmarinas, Cavite, a relocation camp of formerly homeless Manila families. AWH, as it does every year, donated sacks of rice, assorted canned goods and also many coconuts.
An auto electronic technician in Mendez, Tagaytay, has a living partner and 1 year old daughter. On electronic matters he often repairs the Mercedez Benz of AWH which runs on used cooking oil.
One day he told that his baby girl underwent heart surgery through catheter which costed him almost a million pesos. The girl is all right now but he had to sell his shop. He now does repair jobs at his rent house.
He is originally from Iloilo, Aklan and honest person. We wanted to assist his livelihood. He had several multimeters so we decided to try finding an automotive code reader/scanner. It usually is expensive and initially we thought about buying a second hand unit in Japan. However, we found a very inexpensive one from China in the Philippines. Initially, we were skeptical if it really works but decided to give it a try as it was in very affordable range.
On May 27, 2016, the code reader was given to him. He tested on some cars and confirmed it works although he has to get himself familiarized with it. It does not work on all the cars but he said it would be useful.
In January 2016, nearly 50 overseas guests visited AWH for healing and to attend our 10th year anniversary event. During their stay they paid a visit to a camp of indigent residents in Usting, Luksuhin-Ibaba, Alfonso, Cavite with quality used clothes brought from Japan, sacks of rice and snacks for children. Later time another visitor donated sacks of rice when AWH brought them firewood for cooking balots (slightly grown duck eggs) on which they make their livelihood.