During the month of October on Leyte Island, Fundlife organised a number of food and hygene distributions for a total of 274 families, with support from Girl Rising and Soroptimist International of Alabang. All families have children who are active players in Fundlife’s Football For Life programme.
FundLife distributed food packs and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable families in the places: Anibong, Libertad - Palo, San Isidro, Sagkahan National High School, San Jose Central School, San Jose National High School, Kapuso Village Integrated School, Tanauan High School, Palo National High School, Barangay Kawayan and Sagkahan National High School. Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and Barangay Peace Officers (Brgy. Tanods) who were constantly in the frontlines the past months also received food packs and hygiene kits.
During the distributions, our coaches facilitated short orientations for parents on COVID-19 prevention measures. Here, they demonstrated to parents how to wear a mask and why social distancing is so important in a fun way which they can use to teach and remind their children. Coach John Rex, asked parents to join him in demonstrating proper hand washing while dancing to the tune of "There's a Kind of Hush". Coaches also discussed the role of the parents in supporting the struggles of their children, especially during the pandemic.
Recipients, FundLife staff, and community leaders made sure to maintain social distancing; anybody who wants to enter the distribution area is also required to wear a face mask and face shield. They sanitise their hands in the entrance where their temperature was also checked. They also had to use a footbath upon entering the area. Although the activity catered a large number, the beneficiaries appeared in staggered shifts (10 people per batch). Each shift was scheduled at a different time (30 minutes maximum stay in the distribution site).
In Barangay Kawayan, in collaboration with Soroptimist International of Alabang, FundLife provided 116 Women Power Packs to the women most in need. A mixture of hygiene packs with powdered milk and Activity packs were distributed to mothers and expectant mothers. The women were extremely grateful for the power packs, 17 years old pregnant Zairene said: "I'm very thankful to GirlsGotThis for the hygiene kits they gave us. It doesn't matter how small or how big the help is, so long as it comes from the heart. For the Women Win activity book, it will serve as my reflection journal. Through it, I know that I will be able to know myself better, I will know my purpose in life. That even if I got pregnant at a young age and while still studying, I will be reminded that my life does not end here and that I still have a future. These power packs help empower women, and I'm very grateful for this."
Fundlife is delighted to have been able to help many families during this difficult time and we will be providing more food packs and hygiene kits in November.