“Although I know the items that we gave away will only last for a day or two, it feels good to help lessen their burden,” she added.Another staff Salene Kwan said it was both encouraging and humbling to see the determination in the eyes of the evacuees to rebuild their lives from scratch. “Even if they are in a very difficult situation right now, they have their hopes high that their hometown will rise again. Being there to see the damage as well as the people’s strong faith in God and their positive attitude towards life, made me realise how blessed I am and that I should not complain,” she added. Meanwhile, staff Chatisse Nueva España said it was a fulfilling experience to go to the evacuation centres and distribute the items.
“I am glad I could be of service to our fellow Filipinos,” she said.Taal, one of the Philippines’ most dangerous volcanoes, started spewing ash on January 12, 2020, prompting the authorities to declare mandatory evacuation.