How your Generosity helps Maneuver a Family on its Road to Recovery

Pacsa family 1

It has been a long, winding journey for the Pacsa family.

Before typhoon Yolanda battered the country in 2013, the family settled in a squatter’s area in Sabang, Tacloban, which exposed them to people with Tuberculosis and drug addicts. It caused health risks, frequent drug raids, and sometimes, killings in the neighborhood.

Exposed to this chaotic environment, 29-year-old mother Cristalyn Pacsa worried about her family’s health and safety. Surviving became even much harder when her husband Edgar, 28, lost his job.

All they ever wanted is to provide for their 3 little boys Christian (8), Crisgan (6), and Edgar Jr. (4). However, the family hit rock-bottom when fire razed their house and newly-built sari-sari store.

Just as when they thought the journey couldn’t get any harder, the strongest typhoon to ever hit the country wiped out everything they had – their home, their livelihood, and almost all their hopes of a better future.

“We were at our house that night. The flood water kept rising and finally reached our second floor. We had to rent a tricycle to evacuate to the Central School. It washed away everything. We weren’t able to save anything,” Cristalyn narrated in Filipino.

Pacsa family 2

That is why being granted a free, safe shelter in 2016 at the Community of Hope (COH) in Palanog, Tacloban means the world to Cristalyn’s family. COH is the permanent housing project of the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) for Yolanda-afflicted families.

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Aside from a resilient home, Cristalyn also received a livelihood training and now works as a massage therapist and receptionist at a Spa near their locale. Meanwhile, her family grows with the Lord as regular attendees of their local church. Her kids enjoy the Sunday School.

Blessed with a transformed life, the family pays it forward by actively participating in COH’s activities. In fact, Cristalyn leads the community’s Health and Sanitation Committee. All she can utter are words of gratitude.

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“Operation Blessing, thank you very much for giving us a home. We’re very happy because we have recovered. It’s very different here – a lot of people help us in times of need,” Cristalyn said.

The road to recovery has been tough and long for the people of Tacloban, but your generosity helped rebuild their once storm-ravaged lives into stories of hope and restoration.

Would you like to bless more families in Tacloban? Visit the Operation Blessing Foundation Facebook page to learn how you can help rebuild lives.

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  • Josephine Almario

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