Love the Philippines

Tangara Old Girls Community Service

TOGS and friends head to The Philippines last February 2015 for a service project helping Typhoon Hagupit devastated communities & children

Last December 2.5 million Filipino people were affected by Typhoon Hagupit and many  lost their homes.The powerful typhoon struck the country and its islands bringing intense rain and destruction of areas still bearing the scars of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s deadliest natural disaster in 2013.

Fourteen Old Tangara Girls (Tangara School for Girls Old Girls) volunteered to go to the Island of Cebu in February to help those affected. They assisted in the building of four homes in the devastated town of Santa Fe, a province on Bantayan Island; they delivered 5,000kg of rice to 200 families living on Hilantagaan Island; they visited three schools dispersing basic learning aids and cooking meals. All in all these young professional women cooked 1,000 meals with local women to feed a remote community. The volunteers also helped at the ‘Love the Children' Orphanage. They purchased play equipment for all orphans and donated hygiene packs.

One of the main highlights was packing and serving a community lunch for one day. Georgie Doyle (class of 2009) said they had more than 15,000 children, who afterwards did a performance to thank the girls. “It was amazing!”, she exclaimed!

Georgie also said that the biggest highlight of the trip was completing the house they were working on building. She said it was also special to return to the house for the blessing of the house by the local parish priest. “The families whose houses we helped to built had tears in their eyes of joy when we finished”, she said. “We couldn’t help but all cry too! Just helping put families of 10 children in an actual house rather than a tent was a beautiful experience”.