Mission To Filipino Jungle To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Dean Russell was proud to be asked to join the Greg Secker Foundation (GSF) and it's founder to join a life-changing trip to the Philippines.

Late July the GSF project co-ordinator based in the Philippines alerted the charity about a flood, that had affected one of the beneficiary families due to move into the village later this year.

Raymond was blinded in an accident at the age of 10 and after the boy’s Father passed away, despite being completely blind, Raymond became the family’s main bread-winner. Due to his disability, he is completely dependent on his brother Rodolfo for his every need and every day they both walk for over an hour to the next town where Rodolfo helps Raymond find a safe place to sit, so he can spend the day begging for money. Meanwhile Rodolfo rents a bicycle with a sidecar and uses it as a taxi to ferry people around the town.

Together in a day they earn enough money to put food on the table for just one single day.

Their home is made from Bamboo and scrap wood and located next to the Capinahan river. When the river flooded their wooden home was damaged and all their belongings ruined. With this news Greg organised to fly out and offer them some immediate support taking with him Dean Russell, who acted as the Team Lead for the trip.

Despite the short notice a team of helpers from the Philippines offered to help including Angelia Ong, former Miss Earth and ambassador to GSF.

The GSF team spoke to the contractors working on site and the beneficiaries tidying. They decided on a well know process called Bayanihan system, this is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan”, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. Bayanihan also comes from the word “bayani” which means ‘hero’. It can also mean that by helping one another, we can be each other’s hero.

It took three trucks to bring the willing volunteers back to Nena. Then this happened…

The charity are pleased to share that the house move into the village was successful and Nena and her family are now safe from future floods.

Dean Russell added:

"This entire trip proved the power of community and how we can all make a difference when we help each other. I can't applaud enough The Greg Secker Foundation and it's founder for the life changing actions they are undertaking in the Philippines. Whilst their incredible efforts may not be front page news, they should be. It is life-affirming knowing there is such kindness in the world without any expectation of reward or attention. They are simply doing the right thing for the right reasons whether it is recognised or not. Simply incredible!"