This update is made with a heavy heart.
Below is the picture of the roof before the damage.
I have finally gotten relatively full details in the news from the children’s home in the Southern Philippines. The storms that passed through that area, called typhoons there, created a very substantial amount of damage to the children’s home. This is very unusual because it is normally sheltered from the normal direction of the winds. However, this time, it was a different direction and it made a big difference.
Most of the roof is gone. The refrigerator and the stove neither one are working after just about 2 feet of water flooded over the wall and into the building. The stove was fairly new and I’m hoping that it is just a matter of drying it out, only time will tell. The refrigerator seems to have shorted out before the electricity failed, and the repairman gave a cost to repair that is approaching the cost of a new refrigerator.
The worst damaged area was the area where the non-perishables were stored. Much of the clothing was stored in a cabinet that was crushed causing damage to much of the clothing and bedding that was stored in it. Inday is trying to see what can be salvaged.
The signal has been so weak that I have gotten the information in a few little messages at a time. It has not been strong enough for her to send any pictures yet.
The estimate for the roof is a little over $1,800 USD and total repairs, including the refrigerator and stove, total about $2,500 USD. This does not include any of the clothes, bedding, non-perishable foods, and medical/first aid supplies, that were damaged.
Inday moved a full-sized mattress into what is called in the Philippines, a Nipa hut, in many areas. It is made from woven palm leaves for the walls and a thatched roof. It is just a little larger than the mattress and has an open overhang for shelter. Inday and the 3 children are sleeping there, and she is trying to take care of the meals and other needs of the children as well as she can from there. Fortunately, a few of the important things had been kept in a hard-plastic waterproof case that I had sent to store them in, so they were not damaged.
Please remember this situation in prayer. Should anyone like to donate toward the repairs and replacing things, if you go to the website, you can click on the donation tab on the home page. Any amount will certainly be appreciated.