TARP-OF-HOPE: recycling tarpaulins to save lives PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:45

A friend of mine together with 5 other concern volunteers from Tzu Chi Foundation Zamboanga went last week to Typhoon Pablo hit Davao Oriental, particularly the barangays of Cate-el Kinablangan and Ban-ao, to assess how they can help their fellow Mindanawons. They were taken aback with what they saw. Pablo was so strong that the typhoon signal didn't fit into PAGASA's standard Typhoon Intensity Grading, they learned.

Compare to Typhoon Sendong’s flash flood that ravaged houses along and near Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities’ rivers, whole communities and barangays here were almost wipe out by Pablo (see photos in this spread).  There are no words that can compare the gravity of devastation they described it. Worse, it happened near Christmas the happiest time of the year. It was a horrible catastrophe they said.

Of most concern, they shared in their newly created Facebook account (Tarp-of-Hope), are the children who have no shelter, left under the mercy of the ravages of nature: weather with erratic rainy and sunny pattern. Imagine the children being drenched by the the rain then "baked" under the sun after a few hours add that with scarcity of food and potable drinking water. More so living under these conditions at night, they wrote.

Thus, they felt the urgent need to create makeshift houses to shelter the victims while infrastructure reconstructions have yet to start. Hence, they conceptualized the advocacy, Tarp-of-Hope, in response to this need. They will spearhead the collections of used tarpaulins (big enough to cover roofs, no holes) that will be shipped to Cate-el Kinablangan and Ban-ao ASAP. These tarpaulins will be used as temporary roofings for houses and classrooms or will be converted into tents.

This advocacy is a noble and earth friendly way to save lives using tarpaulin (recycle). If your hearts are touched, please bring your used tarpaulins (calling all schools, hotels, companies, organizations, etc.) to Tzu Chi Love Center in Zamboanga Medical Center or to Sacsi Office in Ateneo de Zamboanga University now! Let your stored and folded Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Welcome, etc. tarpaulins save lives.

By Dante Corteza