While Misalucha and Weston talk about the logistical challenges of getting cargo trucks in to Tacloban, where the gunfire of looters still sporadically erupts, a group of boys from LDS congregations in Cebu load CharityVision trucks with tarps and other supplies for temporary shelters. Weston says he is worried about the sicknesses that living exposed in a storm zone for so long can bring. He hopes the tarps will help.
“We need to get them back on their feet, help them get some shelter, so they can live for the next couple weeks or months till the real system is back in place,” he said.
More supplies are on their way, Weston promises, including chainsaws to remove debris, and generators to provide needed electricity in the clean up effort. Weston says he planned to utilize LDS leaders in each area to figure out what members needed most.
As the sun sets behind the chapel, Misalucha finalizes his plans for the week, saying he wants to visit members in Ormoc, a city flattened by the typhoon, and then head to Tacloban. It will be an arduous journey by ferry and truck that will begin in the middle of the night and last for hours. Misalucha is most eager to reach a string of little fishing villages along the coast that have largely been forgotten by other aid groups.
“What we’re trying to accomplish with these people is to give them some tools, give them the ability to rebuild and that’s really what they’re asking for,” Weston says. “I mean everybody that I talk to, they’re not looking for a handout, they’re literally looking for a little bit of help so they can do it themselves, which is what they’re currently doing.”
Not far away, Misalucha and a group of Filipino church members huddle in a hallway of the chapel, heavy bags of rice at their feet, hashing out the particular duties of the coming days.
There is so much to do. Finding sleep will prove difficult.
Those who wish to donate to the LDS Church's humanitarian aid effort may contribute at give.lds.org/response.
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