Center for abused girls appeal for help in the ‘Yolanda’ aftermath
Chameleon Association, Inc., an organization that rehabilitates abused girls and based in Passi City, was also affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” which passed Panay Island on Nov. 8, 2013, Friday.
During the height of the storm, 50 young girls huddled while they were supervised by the staff of Chameleon.
“Trees within the center and the forest across were felled unceremoniously; uprooted and damaged anything that blocked its way. The eerie howling of the wind accompanied by the banging of trees as we were cut by the strong storm was horrifying. Some portions of Center 1’s ceiling fell. Two of the rooms in our Volunteers’ House ceiling on the second floor caved in. The roof in a roof in Center 2 got hit by a falling tree,” said Sabine Claudo, executive director.
“The frightening moment lasted for three hours, then a lull. At 7 p.m., Yolanda again showed her might, and then dissipated,” she said.
Some 80%-90% of Chameleon’s 300 Community Development Sponsored children and their families are victims of the storm; their houses are all severely damaged. Five of Chameleon’s staff’s homes were destroyed, with one of them having her house washed away, she added.
Other structures in Passi City were not spared either. The next day, most Passinhons’ homes no longer have roofs.
“Although besieged with being homeless, they persists on moving on, trying to have roofs over their heads. They now need food, medicines and help in reconstructing their homes,” she said.
FINANCIAL HELP SOUGHT
In this regard, Chameleon is asking for donations to kind-hearted souls who would like to support the organization in its effort to provide shelter to abused girls in the region.
Donations can be coursed through: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), E. Lopez Branch, Iloilo, PHP Account Number : 001333-3095-44, General Luna Branch, Iloilo. Their USD Account Number is 002894-0009-13.
“Chameleon is actively undertaking an overwhelming responsibility of rehabilitating sexually abused girls in the Philippines for 16 years now. In order to keep its vision afire, Chameleon seeks to establish strategic partnerships with corporations, institutions, like-minded organizations and individuals that find value in restoring the future of maltreated girls and financially deprived Filipino children as a whole,” said Chee Mallonga, resource mobilization and development officer of Chameleon Association.
She said the NGO was established in 1997 at Barangay Sabologon, Passi City by French women Laurence Ligier and Ellien Regondon.
They are also rehabilitating school libraries and soliciting books for these libraries.
“We are currently rehabilitating the libraries of Brgy. Bulabog Elementary School, Bingawan, Iloilo; Maasin Elementary School, Passi City, Iloilo; and Dominador Abang Memorial National High School, San Enrique, Iloilo,” Mallonga said.
They are also crafting more initiatives to develop local educational sponsorships for poor but deserving students in Passi City, Bingawan and San Enrique.
Visit their website at: http://www.cameleon-association.org/en/.*