Hope sails into yolanda areas PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:15

TANAUAN, Leyte - From makeshift refrigerator boats to boats painted in yellow, Jimmy Palagar and his fishermen neighbors in Barangay Bislig, Tanauan Leyte, no longer have to desperately paddle to put food on the table.

On November 13, 2014, Anton Lim, President and Co-Founder of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, met Jimmy and other residents of Bislig whose fishing boats were destroyed or washed away by typhoon Yolanda.

“It was a heartbreaking scene to witness, seeing them fishing using refrigerators. I immediately called my team and rolled out Adopt-A-Fisherman Project for Yolanda affected fishermen.” Dr. Lim recounted.

Four months later, on March 15-16, 2014, Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation returned to Bislig and turned over Thirty (30) boats.

“It was a joy to see their faces light up after what they have gone through. Some of them became emotional. They said that with the new boats, they don’t have to line up anymore for canned sardines because now they can actually catch fresh ones straight from the vast and rich ocean in front of them.” Dr. Lim said.

The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation was joined by three other organizations, BAG943, Piolo Pascual’s Hebreo Foundation and The National Bookstore Foundation thru Ms. Bea Torres. BAG943 team together with its founder, Josh Mahinay, distributed school bags to the children in Brgy. Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar while National Bookstore Foundation provided the needed school supplies and Hebreo Foundation donated boats and was represented by Piolo Pascual’s mom Amy Pascual, sister Chiqui Pascual-Gonzales and family friend Myra Guce.

Through their generous partners, Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation were able to turn over a total of Three Hundred Fifty (350) boats to Yolanda affected fishermen in Central Visayas: (160) Daanbantayan and Malapascua, Cebu; (40) Brgy. Tinaogan Basey, Samar; (46) Brgy. Caluwayan Marabut, Samar; (17) Brgy. Serum Basey, Samar; (30) Brgy. Bislig Tanauan, Leyte; (10) Brgy. Sta. Cruz Tanauan, Leyte; (16) Brgy. Salvacion Palo, Leyte; (11) Brgy. 88 San Jose, Tacloban City; (20) Brgy. Lawis Albuera, Leyte.

Yellow Boat of Hope ‘Adopt-A-Fisherman Project builds its boats on site which benefits recipient through sweat equity by helping the local boat builders, so that they can earn at the same time.

Adopt-A-Fisherman Project was first launched in December 2012, after Typhoon Pablo devastated the majority of Davao Oriental in which One Sixty Eight (168) boats were turned over to fishermen to help them in their livelihood so that their kids can go back to school.

The unique story of Yellow Boat of Hope, which started with a single Facebook post by Co-Founder Jay Jaboneta that caught the attention of netizens, morphed from transporting kids who used to swim to go to school in Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City, to providing boats for livelihood especially in coastal communities devastated by natural calamities. To make sure that no kid is left behind, it has also expanded its projects to building classrooms and dormitories referred as Yellow Schools of Hope and Yellow Dorms of Hope, including an ongoing project to build Yellow Bridges of Hope in communities where kids have to cross dangerous rivers to reach school. To date, a total of 1, 121 yellow boats are now sailing in 30 Yellow Boat communities across the Philippines.

Depending on the community, the cost of a self-paddled boat ranges from Php8,000 – Php15,000 ($200-$350). A motorized boat costs between Php20,000 – Php30,000 ($470 - $800).

To donate and learn more about Yellow Boat’s Adopt-A-Fisherman Project, please visit www.yellowboat.org or send an email tojay@yellowboat.org.

The post-Yolanda rehabilitation remains a huge task ahead. With an estimate of 130, 000 fisherman who lost their boats, it will require a collective effort and partnership from everyone who can share their resources to rebuild lives, families and communities.

These Fishermen have never given up hope. Let us not give up on them. Hope sails! (Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation)