Batch9: Sitio Ibayo II
In celebration of the anniversary of our first donation distribution, we went back to the site where it all started: Sitio Ibayo, Dulong Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal.
Despite adjusting to the new normal brought by the pandemic, the town has slowly recovered from Typhoon Ulysses last year. We crossed the same river, walked the same riverbanks, and met some familiar faces. The road is dry and some even paved, a significant improvement from the muddy ways that made our previous visit a challenge. Farming and livestock has brought signs of livelihood, giving the town a greener and livelier vibe.
Although the river’s makeshift bridge was recently destroyed, the people’s determination to always rise up from unfavorable circumstances has prevailed. We’ve gathered more stories of survival and sensed that the people are happier and more positive.
As this distribution marks a year of giving hope through donated clothes, we also extend our never ending gratitude to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters who continue to believe in our mission. A special shoutout to the local Barangay coordinators for making this and every single distribution a success. Along with the desire to help our fellowmen in need, your generosity is also the reason we make this initiative worth our time and effort. We are nothing without you. Thank you for helping us help them. Maraming Salamat!