This is how Guinsolungan Elementary School looked like when we visited the school last November 24, 2013. 2 weeks after getting hit by Typhoon Yolanda (internationally called typhoon Haiyan), the school’s roofing were opened and some flew due to the strong winds, The school’s stage which they were using as a makeshift classroom for the Elementary’s graduating class was totally destroyed. iLuvCebu Team together with iLearners, ACRE and JPNY visited the school to conduct a Play Therapy session with the students and distributed relief packs.
April 18, 2014, Good Friday. iLuvCebuTeam together with iLearners, revisited the school for a follow up relief distribution, at the same time inspecting the school and students’ condition. Lively green colors from the trees gave us a sign that somehow they were recuperating from the devastation caused by the typhoon. The roofing of the school’s main structure was partially fixed and the school’s stage got a new roofing job as well.
120 students from Grade 1-6 got relief packs with canned goods, toiletries and clothes from iLuvCebu Team, Mejia family and Almaden Country School students in San Jose, California. Guinsolungan Elementary School students were all smiles as they receive the small gifts we brought them. A message from the overjoyed and thankful Guinsolungan Elementary School’s head teacher Mrs. Maria Victoria Gulbe, “Magpasalamat mi ug dako sa iLuvCebu, Mejia Family, sa mga estyudyante sa Almaden Country School ug sa tanan nihatag ug hinabang ug pahalipay sa amo ug sa amo mga estudyante diri sa Guinsolungan, salamat gyud kaayo.” (Thank you very much to iLuvCebu, Mejia Family, students of Almaden Country School and everyone who gave help and gifts for all of us here in Guinsolungan. Thank you very much.) .
It was indeed a very meaningful and fulfilling Good Friday for the team.
To our friends in San Jose California and to everyone who supports iLuvCebu and iLearners literacy and charity works, the team sends our heartfelt gratitude. We hope you continue supporting our cause.
Text by: Doyzkie Buenaviaje | Photos by: Reymond Buenaviaje