‘Life is Especially Hard for Us’: Our Kababayans in Remote Sitios and Jails Need Your Help!

Many people have had a tough year, but some were facing more difficult situations than others. 

This is particularly true for the likes of Jonalyn Elises, a 25-year-old resident of Sitio San Mateo, a remote area in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

“Life is especially hard for us here. During the lockdown, I have seen my children starve and suffer from illnesses. It was painful for me,” Jonalyn lamented. Because of the imposed lockdowns brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonalyn and her 3 children struggled to survive each passing day. 

If the quarantine protocols had a devastating impact to people living in urban areas, can you imagine how hard it must be for them who live in remote sitios?

Sadly, the days of enduring hunger went on for weeks, for months, and now, for over a year. 

Their constant lack of healthy meals and sanitation items took a huge toll on their family. And whenever her kids get sick, Jonalyn couldn’t do much than hope that one day, things will be better.

The same holds true for our kababayans in jails 

For inmates and jail personnel in Quezon City Jail, it is even challenging to practice social distancing due to the cramped conditions in detention facilities. 

No one should endure hunger or health risks, but our kababayans in remote areas and jails have endured these one too many times.

That is why it was a huge relief for them when Operation Blessing visited Sitio San Mateo and Sitio San Lorenzo in Norzagaray, Bulacan last week. With the support of 2nd Infantry Division AFP PAOperation Blessing brought food items to affected families, including Jonalyn’s.

And to Jonalyn, she just found the encouragement she had been waiting for. 

“What encourages me to continue life is the goodness and generosity of those who are willing to extend help to usI am very thankful to Operation Blessing for reaching out to our sitio even though there’s a pandemic and we live in a remote area. This food bag means so much to my family! she shared.

The team also paid a visit to the inmates and personnel of Quezon City Jail, who received much-needed hygiene kitssanitation items, and prayers and encouragement.

You, too, can help alleviate their suffering!

Be a blessing to our kababayans today by partnering with Operation Blessing! You may give onlinethrough banks, and via Gcash (Operation Blessing). For more details on how to donate and sponsor, you may contact 09399215543 or 09189067753.

(DSWD-SB-SP-00029-2019 Nationwide)

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