Give the Gift of Hope.
These are the MEANS initiatives to help children heal and recover from the trauma caused by natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. Our initiatives will empower our local ministry partners in the Philippines to enable them demonstrate Jesus’ compassion for the children
Small Amount. Big Impact. Great Rewards.
Feed Projects – This is a fun day event for the children living in the disaster area. There will be storytelling, games, clowning and other fun activities. The children will be served snacks and lunch. A string backpack containing bath soap, face towel, toothbrush, toothpaste and combs will be distributed to the children. They can also use the string backpack as school bag. These string backpacks are made locally by mothers who live in the disaster area. $500 to sponsor an event.
Read to Grow Project – to provide books to the local libraries in the c Read to grow communities we serve that are affected by the typhoon. Many school books were damaged. MEANS will give books and help established reading centers in the community for children. A Read-to-Grow Reading Center is a safe place for underprivileged and traumatized children and young adults to go to. Reading these books will open their minds to the reality of God’s love, His presence in the world and will teach them good Christian values, The child’s story books are written by Filipino authors and printed locally by OMF Literature Publishers in the Philippines. $200 to start a reading center.
Plant Trees. Care of Creation – Plant with Purpose. Clean the air. Protect the environment. Change lives. Feed the Poor. Plant trees. Your $10 gift will be a great investment for this cause. We will plant fruit trees native to the community. Who will benefit? The harvest will be harvested and consumed by the school community. The garden tools that MEANS will purchase to plant these trees will be donated to the school. A year from now the trees will add beauty to the surroundings. MEANS is partnering with local volunteers Villa to work together and experienced the joy of serving the community. The community will also get involved in the clean up and plant trees.
Flip Flops – The Flip-flops (rubber slippers) will help protect children’s feet from rough terrain, infection, and soil-based diseases. Some soil-based diseases not only cause physical symptoms, but create cognitive impairment too, crippling a child’s long-term potential. The children’s feet are usually neglected by relief workers because most of the basic needs like food, medicine, etc., are met first before other things. Flip Flops - are less expensive to purchase in the Philippines but it is not a priority to most of the poor communities. The Flip Flops are purchased locally. We believe that purchasing local goods will help generate income and help the local economy. $10.00 for 10 pairs for 10 children in need.
Our local ministry partners have the information, network, capacity and volunteers to help in the implementation of MEANS Projects and distribution of donations in kind.