Sr. Elvie who replaced Sr. Cora in administering the programs of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Brookside, Bagong Silangan  emailed us:

” Dear friends of Brookside, Bagong Silangan:


Just to let you know what is happening now in Brookside, Bagong Silangan.  After almost three weeks of continuous rains, the flood has reached critical proportions…. it has now covered all the houses down in the alleys up to the roofs while at this time, the water continues to rise and reaching now the main road….The school’s first floor and the library are covered with water.  We just pray it will not reach the second floor to protect our things and our computers.  Some of the books have been destroyed (again!!!) and were not saved!

People have initially evacuated to the Multipurpose building… more than hundred families, but we have now transferred them to the nearby subdivision of Filinvest Heights which has a big covered court in their place.  The Filinvest Heights residents were so generous in providing all the food and other amenities including the cars that brought the people there.  It is about ten minutes ride to their place.

Right now, the flood victims are in dire need of rice and blankets.  But the bigger task will again be the rehabilitation as all their things are again destroyed by the floods.  The typhoon Ondoy in 2009 was really a typhoon and came in so suddenly.  This time, it is the monsoon rains but what precipitated so much rain was that the typhoon which is supposed to leave the Philippines going to Taiwan is dragging the monsoon and causing all these rains.  The rivers have overflowed; also the dams…. the whole Luzon island and parts of Mindanao are affected.

Please continue to pray for us.   Thanks.

Sr. Elvie, FMM “

Please note we need your help now… we will accept any amount in cash, coins, checks or pledge… payable to New East,Inc… Everything will be tax-deductible and will be acknowledged promptly.  Advanced thanks and God bless;  may the good Lord reward your generosity a hundredfold!… guia

Additional news from Sr. Elvie:  The wall between the creek and SMAS , the elementary school in Brookside, Bagong Silangan,  gave way to the high pressure of inundating brook.  The wall fell on one of the classrooms;  hence, broke all its windows.

Sr. Elvie  further emailed that they are looking  for a permanent solution to this repetitive flooding (almost yearly!).  They are weighing two possibilities: namely, relocation of all residents or building second floors to all 300 houses in BS.  The former seems to be too costly,  so they might opt for the second solution,  putting a second floor to each house.




| August 9th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized |

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