BREAKING NEWS !
FIRE BROKE OUT AT NEW SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (NSM) 21 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Hi OHH & Friends,
Last Saturday 21st September 2013 at around 12 midnight, a fire broke out at New Smokey Mountain (NSM). It was put out only about 2:30am. Most of the houses in Block 5 (For those of you who had been to NSM, it is in front of the Korean Church) had burnt to the ground including that of one of Oikos staff, Jhoy. One of our Agape Gentlemen, Ruben Santos suffered 3rd degree burnt all over his body. He is now in the government Philippine General Hosp. Sadly, 2 children died in the fire.
According to the ground, the fire started when one couple was quarreling & the wife & in her anger threw a lighted candle at her husband. Out of about 250 families who were affected, about 220 of them are attending OHH ministries. Now, most of these victims are seeking shelter at a Basketball Court outside NSM. We thank God we managed to cook a meal for them. Then we distributed used clothes.
Some families who had some money saved started rebuilding their homes but most need help to get them on their feet again. We don't know if & how humanitarian help will be coming, but we will pray and beilieve. Please pray that assistance in any form will come quickly.
Attached herewith the pictures of the affected area.
 
Regards,
Mau

LATEST NEWS FLASH! 23 Sept 2013
Just received news that Reuben Santos died from his burns yesterday & was cremated.
We are cooking some meals & baking bread for distribution together with used blankets & clothes.

Regards,
Mau

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OHH Staff inspecting and assessing the affected sites.

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OHH ACTION FOR VICTIMS OF FIRE DISASTER.
NSM Fire-distribution of blankets

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Water Distribution
Donation of water & containers by kind Donor

A donor gave money to buy water + containers. So we got a water truck to fill their containers.
1,200 containers were purchased & distributed with filled water by OHH. Young Agape Ladies with baby in arms received purified water which would prevent diarrhea for their little ones. They are allowed to refill these containers again free of charge.

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Food Distribution Fire Victim

Meals were cooked and distributed immediately after the fire, including the distribution of clothes too at NSM basketball court where they were taking shelter.
2 groups of Agape Youth received groceries also.

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Recipients for our distribution of building materials

Latest Update : October 12, 2013

The 220 families whom we are ministering to who were also affected by the fire, had shared homes with some of their relatives. Thus there were fewer homes that needed to be rebuild, total 140 homes only. We are so happy that some organizations & a church came forward to help provide some building materials for these fire victims. Praise God Oikos Helping Hand managed to help rebuild 80 homes out of the 140 homes. The only small problem was that the demand for these materials was very high at that time that some families had to wait a few days to get them & start rebuilding their lives.

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Rice Distribution at New Smokey Mountain

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Rice Distribution Agape Ladies

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Completed Homes

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