Friday, December 6, 2013
Days after Typhoon Yolanda struck the country, Mano Amiga Academy community organized a relief effort to help the victims of the super typhoon. Despite of their limited resources, the Mano Amiga scholars and their parents extended their sympathy by donating their hard-earned money, as well as relief items such as used clothes, books and food packs. The students prepared prayer cards and included them in the relief goods to help bring smiles and hope to the survivors.
Bistro 3846 also joined the effort by donating proceeds from the snack sales to purchase medicine for the Yolanda victims. In just two weeks, the team was able to raise over 3,000 pieces of needed medicine which were brought to survivors living in Tacloban, Malapascua and Coron.
The spirit of compassion, love, and camaraderie brought everyone together. Everyone worked hand in hand in the hope that their simple help would help alleviate the suffering of the survivors and bring them hope and peace.
A simple prayer was prepared by the principal and teachers which they offered for the special intentions of those who were affected by the storm:
Loving Father, you are our shelter and our hope. We come to you with hearts full of trust in your love and mercy.
We pray for the victims of tropical storm Yolanda. May those who have lost homes and properties find shelter, enough food and clean water.
Comfort those who are traumatized and those who are grieving for the loss of their families, neighbors and friends. Bless those who are sick and those who are injured that their health may be restored and their wounds cured.
May you lead all who are stranded or lost back to those who love them. Guide the hands of the rescuers, the doctors and nurses and other volunteers and give them strength as they serve others with joy.
May this calamity bring people closer together, to help each other and to care for the environment. Give us the faith, hope and love to carry on. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen