Kicking off 2014 with sponsoring a mission trip to Sierra Leone, Team Golden Nest consist of strong, resilient and happy: turning victim to victor mentality! Our beloved Amputee Football Team in Sierra Leone is Super Inspirational!!!
Super Typhoon Haiyan, the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded, struck the central Philippines on Thursday evening, November 7, (U.S. time) impacting the lives of over 25 million people. The Category 5 super storm harbored winds exceeding 200 mph along with torrential rain, causing massive destruction and loss of life. Golden Nest in partnership with World Harvest maximize their efforts to save human life, below is the report of the team who went there to distribute foods and medical support.
The route were taken is from GenSan- Cebu-Sogod-Tacloban-Ormoc-Cebu. We just arrived here in Cebu and just able to send this email to you. We purchased goods in Sogod, the municipality six hours from Tacloban, considering that the place has enough food supply than the nearby town and municipalities near Tacloban. We hired vehicle (truck) from Sogod and started our journey to Tacloban.
The team was able to assess the place and we realized that the damage of typhoon Haiyan was very vast. Almost all of the municipalities were affected. Take for an example, the municipalities of Mayorga, Dulag, Talosa…their town were totally damaged from typhoon…children and some adults were begging and asking for food awaiting beside the road. As we saw them, we were moved with compassion, and we throw same goods on them while the truck was still moving, the team would not stop because if we did, they might loot us, chances are, we might not reach our destination.
We arrived there at Tacloban proper at evening December 03. We started releasing goods at 8 am with the help of LGU, especially the Barangay chairwoman Evelyn Magalona. There are about 700 families affected by the typhoon who were recipients by the Sponsors through us. At Living Water Foursquare Gospel Church, we are able to released goods for 450 families… We are not also releasing goods just for Tacloban only but we are able to extend our help to Samar and in Ormoc.
Here is the breakdown of families that were recipients of our relief goods:
Cong. Artemio Mate Avenue Tacloban City = 450 families
Sta. Rita Maramot, Samar = 25 families
Alimasag San Jose, Tacloban = 20 families
Diversion Road BLISS Sagkahan, Tacloban City = 100 families
Cristina Heights Subdivision = 100 families
Alta Vista Ormoc City = 10 families
The city proper was in chaos, mountains of garbage was piling on the road, there is inflation of prices, foul odor/bad smell was and is very prominent in the area because some bodies were not retrieved and were rotten.
Below is World Harvest Interview with Golden Nest Owner, Be Inspired!
Hey, everyone!!! I just wanted to update you guys on some of the cool things that we’ve been doing here at WorldHarvest. We’ve recently assembled a spiffy, all-in-one medical relief bus called the MSB (Medical Service Bus) for our upcoming outreach in Nepal! This vehicle is equipped with a dental chair, tent, water filtration system, and many other tools to make our medical mission a whole lot more convenient. We are incredibly thankful for the donors who made this bus possible. Because of sponsors like Golden Nest Inc, we can bring the medical relief to some of the most rural terrains in Nepal. We actually had a chance to talk to the owner of Golden Nest recently and here are some of the things he had to say regarding his decision to donate to the MSB.
WorldHarvest: What do you want to see accomplished?
Due to the poor financial standing of most residents in Nepal, health care is hard to attain and even harder to maintain. It’s normal for most families to tend to their crops each day from dawn to dusk. This, in combination with the geography of the land, is a huge problem for the Nepali people when they need to seek immediate medical care. It can take a few days to walk to the nearest road, since taking the bus would cost them a hefty sum of money. Most individuals cannot afford to spend this much time or money, so they resort to just dealing with their sickness without any medical attention. Being able to live a healthy life is a basic human right, and when we see people without this fundamental aspect, we must step in and make a change. My vision for sponsoring this medical bus is simple—to help those less fortunate to be able to seek medical help. I wish to see the Nepali people gain access to health care facilities so that they may be able to focus on their loved ones and enjoy life more freely without having to worry about spending such valuable time and money in travel.
WorldHarvest: What did you see over in Nepal that made you want to support this medical bus project?
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world. In the mid 1990’s, Maoist rebels began a decade-long campaign that left almost 12,000 people dead and around 100,000 displaced. The recovery from this travesty is still underway even though it’s been almost two decades. More than half of the Nepali population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. The average life expectancy is only 66 years due to the critical lack of health care. This results in thousands of unnecessary deaths due to malnutrition, communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Last year, after I had visited Nepal, I felt so much more whole than when I first arrived. This is because I saw things that surprised me and changed my perspective. My team and I saw people living with hardly any tangible items and still giving help to those around them, who had even less. Nepal is a community-based system. This cooperative society meant that if one family does not have enough crops in their field to feed themselves, then the others would offer some of their own crops to ensure that everyone would be able to eat. We experienced this selflessness when the Nepali people looked at us, perfect strangers, with the same friendly eyes.
We knew we needed to find a way to help these loving people even though we were unable to assist them at the time. That is why we decided to sponsor this medical bus. In using the bus, the residents of Nepal will be able to receive medical attention without spending several days travelling. Although many support groups travel to Nepal to provide aid, the Nepali need self-reliance, peace of mind, and the freedom to seek medical services upon its necessity.
WorldHarvest: How do you think this medical bus will help the Nepali people?
This medical bus will change the lives of the Nepali people in ways that one could not even imagine. The bus will provide not only a means of transportation but it will also allow for a healthier community, and more importantly, peace of mind. A medical bus means that a mother may rest easier at night knowing that if her child falls sick, which happens all too often, then he/she will be able to receive attention more quickly. In addition, a child will be able to enjoy more time with her HIV-positive parents since access to treatment will become more attainable and more consistent. These priceless luxuries—extra time with loved ones and a slightly less stressful mind—are even more valuable than money, and that is what a medical bus will provide for the Nepali people.
Often times people only have the opportunity to witness the business side of our company, but there is a whole other world of volunteering and donations to Golden Nest ®. Since 2011, Golden Nest® has been working together with World Harvest and has had the ability to reach out to thousands of people in Indonesia, Africa, Somalia and Nepal.
A birthday party for a 2-year old boy of Golden Nest owner was dedicated to Kampung Sawah, a very poor suburban slum community on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia . Instead of bringing gifts for the boy, the parents encourage the 200 guests that attended the party to write a check to help children in Kampung Sawah.
Nearly $15,000 was raised.
Kampung Sawah community is located in the midle of huge garbage dump area. It has high risk of public diseases such as typhoid, cholera, worm, and diarrhea.
The entire community is founded on a giant landfill, and the residents of the town spend their days sorting trash for less than 2$ a day. Though this should by all means be a hopeless place, Golden Nest in partnership with World Harvest is making a difference in the community by extending education sponsorships to the children of Kampung Sawah.
With an education, these children now have hope and an opportunity to break out of the shackles of poverty.
The power to create change stems from people working together. Our team was able to deliver close to 44,000 pounds of food including a nutritional mix, maize, and beans. In addition, we also hosted a medical camp to help treat illnesses and distributed various aid. The total reach of this trip was close to 7,000 people in less than two weeks. We can make a difference!
Golden Nest® provided over 400 families with medical care and food. Our team ventured through the danger of war to various cities to distribute a total of 15 tons of food, and administer 135 prescriptions, and 65 vaccinations, one child was even transported to a nearby hospital for kidney failure treatment.
Golden Nest® team took a trip to Nepal and was able to provide dental and medical services for 320 adults and over 120 children. In addition, we donated over $1,000 in bedding materials, clothes, and furniture to an orphanage in Nepal. Golden Nest® also saw the need of transportation for Nepali people in order to fulfill the basic necessity of health and food, by sponsoring a medical bus to Nepali people. In result, medical care will be more readily available for Nepal residents, and will improve their way of life.
Golden Nest® was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to touch so many lives. We are currently planning more outreach programs in order to help and support more people who are less fortunate – When you purchase Golden Nest® products, a portion os the proceeds go towards our outreach programs. You are playing a significant role in helping others in need. Together we can make a difference – THANK YOU for your suppot!
All too often it is natural, and merely reactive to overlook the homeless. Especially so when conditioned to living in a large city, the homeless become an ordinary, expected sight. They become as regular as trees in a forest, or grains of sand on a beach- but they are not, homeless people are simply that, people.
This video shows how even the smallest acts of kindness, of humanity, can influence another person’s life. So please, reach out to the homeless when you pass by them, acknowledge them, feed them, talk to them.
Your actions, no matter how small, can in fact make a difference.