Hanabishi, Awana Philippines Help Families in Typhoon-Stricken Bicol Start Over

Months after the devastation brought by a typhoon, families in Bato, Camarines Sur are slowly starting over. Most recently, families who were left homeless by Typhoon Ulysses moved into their new houses, which were constructed through Project Agapay.

Hanabishi Appliances recently partnered with Awana Philippines, a faith-based non-profit international youth and children’s organization that initiated the project, in making sure that they have the necessary appliances in their new households.

Awana Philippines has been helping families in Bato, Camarines pick up the pieces after Typhoon Ulysses ravaged their homes. They were one of the earliest organizations to respond to the community by sending relief goods. However, upon learning their condition, they thought of a long-term solution to help the families who have lost their homes in rebuilding their lives.

The construction of the houses started last February 3 in Barangay San Vicente, Zone 1. In over a month, about seven houses were completed and turned over to the beneficiaries. More families received their new houses in the succeeding months. Each of the recipients of the houses received a rice cooker, water heater, single burner electric stove, and stand fan from Hanabishi Appliances.

“More than being sympathetic, we want to take action to a call for help, especially in the time of pandemic, knowing that there are families whose conditions are made even more difficult by natural disasters. It’s been months since Typhoon Ulysses hit Bicol.

We hope that these donations would help them as they begin to rebuild their life,” said Cherish Ong-Chua, Vice President for Finance and Marketing at Hanabishi Appliances.

In the past, Hanabishi Appliances also joined GMA Kapuso Foundation, ABS-CBN’s Pantawid Pag-Ibig Project and Eat Bulaga in their charity projects. Since the pandemic, the appliance manufacturer has been making donations to hospitals and local government units as well in support of initiatives against COVID-19.

“During these challenging times, it is important that we come together and find ways to help one another,” Ong-Chua said.

For more information on Awana Philippines, please visit www.awanaphilippines.org.