Azaza Lends a Hand to Bohol Earthquake Victims

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Azaza Lends a Hand to Bohol Earthquake Victims“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Not only does this adage applies when one is on his way to pursue his dreams but also in instances when one extends a helping hand to others in need. When hope seems uncertain and helplessness is everywhere, one can truly make a change if he comes out from his comfort zone and tries to reverse the effects of misery.

It was on October 15, 2013 when the Central Visayas region, specifically Cebu and Bohol, suffered from an unforeseen calamity. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred and terrified both Cebuanos and Boholanos alike. In just a matter of a few minutes, houses were destroyed and lives were lost, causing misery and anguish to people living in the two provinces. In times like this, extending help to the affected individuals is the best thing one with a generous heart can do.


A dislocated shanty after the earthquake.

A dislocated shanty after the earthquake.

Cotton Share enthusiastically responded to the cries for help of our Boholano brothers and sisters, specifically of those residing in Sitio Bagtic, Barangay Baang, Catigbian, Bohol, an area located near the active East Bohol fault line.

A week after the earthquake, the staff of Cotton Care organized a relief operation for 250 affected families of Sitio Bagtic, Barangay Baang, Catigbian in Bohol.  Spearheaded by Ms. NN Gamale, the team was able to come up with a good plan on how to go about the operation, which includes the distribution of the goods and debriefing the affected families.

On October 29, 2013, the team met up to prepare the relief goods for distribution. Each pack consists of 2 kilos of rice, 2 cans of sardines, and 2 packs of noodles. These packs were then transported to Bohol in the evening.

The team, together with the packed goods, arrived at Tubigon Port, Bohol, after 2 hours of travel. The evacuation coordinator called for the representatives of each tent to receive the relief goods for all the families. The system worked well for an organized distribution of the relief items. A total of 250 families were served that day.


The team readying for the distribution of the relief packs.

The team preparing for the distribution of the relief packs.

The Cotton Share team woke up early to prepare for their travel to the distribution site. When they arrived, they were met by hopeful individuals – children wearing smiles on their faces upon seeing the arrival of their new friends and adults looking relieved knowing that they can survive a day or two with the relief goods that will be given to them.

The team, after a short introduction, proceeded with the distribution of the goods. The distribution happened by tent, resulting to an organized operation.

Debriefing of some of the earthquake victims followed after the distribution of goods. Some of the Cotton Care staff played with the children while others talked with the adults about their experiences during the earthquake.

According to one of the children who were interviewed, she was very scared when the earthquake occurred. “Tuo man gani ko nga matapos najud ang kalibutan, ‘te ( I thought that the world was going to end that day).” Good to know that despite the trauma the earthquake brought, the children are slowly recovering.


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