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“It broke my heart that some of my students were gone”
Posted by Mardy Halcon, Communications Officer, Plan International
NEW BATAAN, COMPOSTELA: The mud-filled Lilipot Daycare Center reminds her of their death.
Crisencia Timonesa, one of the survivors of Typhoon Bopha, painfully narrated that her cellular phone didn’t stop ringing when the rain started pouring on December 4.
“My cellular phone kept ringing because the parents of my students were asking permission if they can use the daycare center as their temporary shelter. Of course, I immediately agreed,” Timonesa related.
The 40-year old daycare teacher said they didn’t expect that the typhoon would dreadfully batter their place because it only started with the usual rainfall. Timonesa said that everything happened so fast and just by matter of seconds she and her family also had to evacuate to the nearby grandstand in order to survive.
“We grab few clothes and immediately run to the nearby grandstand. During those times, I was instructing some of the parents of my students to also evacuate. I thought at that time that we were going to die,” Timonesa said.
Around 15 of Timonesa’s friends who called during the hype of the typhoon weren’t able to survive, the daycare mom said.
“It is heartbreaking to find out that most of my friends and their families who called me didn’t make it. What broke my heart the most was that some of them were my students,” Timonesa bitterly recalled.
The next day, Timonesa visited the daycare center and found her classroom filled with knee-high mud. All her school files and the children’s books were swamped with mud.
But on top of the devastated classroom, the daycare teacher was disheartened because she knew that some of her students died.
“I’m not interested with material things, all I do care about is my students and their parents but sadly some of them didn’t make it,” she teary-eyed said.
The Lilipot Daycare Center is just one of the reasons why Plan International is currently raising an additional US$2M for long-term rehabilitation and recovery efforts in Compostela Valley.
“We aim to help the victims of the Typhoon Bapho in picking up the pieces of their lives again. On top of the priority list that are needed to address is the rebuilding if their houses and schools so they can resume their classes come January,” Plan’s Country Director in the Philippines, Carin van der Hor, said.
“We appeal to the good hearts of our donors worldwide to help us not just in rebuilding their homes and schools but also their future,” added van der Hor.