MARADECA in partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) conducted relief goods distribution on July 9-11, 26-28 and August 9-10 of 2017 for home-based evacuees of the Marawi war.
The recipients are home-based evacuees of Maria Christina in Baloi, Ubaldo Laya-Merilla, Baraas in Iligan City, and in some towns of Lanao del Sur.
A total of 3,000 kitchen utensils kits were distributed in the target distribution areas. These include: Maria Christina in Baloi (448), Lanao del Sur (2,375), and Ubaldo Laya-Merilla, Baraas, Iligan City (177).
Karenina a mother of three (3), fled to Ubaldo Laya during the war in Marawi City, and brought nothing with her and her family. During the first few days in their stay in Iligan, they were borrowing kitchen utensils from their host family.
Sometimes, they refuse to eat since they feel they are too much of a burden to their host family. Now that they have the kitchen utensils they can cook their own food.
As what Karenina said, “if this war has not happened, kitchen utensils and other necessities won’t be a problem for us, especially that we have our own means of living in the locality.
“But as of now, this small gesture means a lot to us. It reminds us that even though we have suffered a lot and was displaced from our livelihoods, our homes and had to come to our relatives so that we can survive.
“We are very thankful that this simple kit reminds us that we are not forgotten and we are remembered by the people.”