Helping flood victims the Quota way-A A +A
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
THE recent province-wide flooding has displaced thousands of families from their homes and left hundreds more in evacuation centers. The seemingly disheartening situation of most of the Kapampangans was only made bearable by prompt government support and the help of organizations and volunteers.
Answering the call for help included members of the Quota International of Pampanga led by President Zelinda Soto.
With cooked food and relief items, Quota International of Pampanga members trooped to evacuation centers in Calulut Elementary School and Sindalan Elementary School as they fed 1,000 evacuees under their Porridge Kitchen Project.
“We came to solve the problem of most of the evacuees in cooking their food. Most of them have food stuffs from previous relief operations but have no ways of cooking their food. Here we brought cooked food ready for eating,” Soto said. The food was sourced from funds of Quota members and partner donors.
Soto said their group was also helped by the Children’s Hour. The group donated some 80 packs of diapers and 120 bags of biscuits along with 116 bags of assorted toiletries.
Children’s Hour is a non-profit, fundraising, fund-giving, and friends-raising organization that aims to provide marginalized Filipino children with a better life; giving them better access to quality education, quality health and nutrition and a quality way of life.
“The disaster taught us that we should do our part in helping people in need and that means going the extra mile of providing for our own logistics and distribution program,” Soto said.
The distribution also included some 500 relief goods to flood victims in San Matias in Sto. Tomas towns.
“Giving to people need not be grand, we could help in our own little ways,” Soto said. Quota is set to host similar operations in other parts of the province. Quotarians are known especially for their service to deaf, speech-impaired individuals, and poor women and children.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 15, 2012.