It is nearly 2 months now since the big earthquake, and a month since that powerful typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. But everything feels to me like only yesterday. The cooking, the cleaning, the social tasks, the crocheting and the writing, all seem as if I had just done them a week ago.
We have power now almost 100% of the time. A lot of hard work had gone into restoring power in our region, so much work in Leyte, it is really quite impressive.
Work has also started on repairs of Flor’s house, thanks to the generous donation from my crochet friend Christina. A few other crochet friends, Kaytee and Jutta, donated money to help our neighbours affected by the typhoon and earthquake, and I have some US$25 worth of patterns sold during the 2 weeks of a small pattern sales campaign I did here to raise a small fund for helping our village. My adsense earnings also went to helping a few friends whose houses were damaged in Catigbi-an town. It all adds up to about US$900.
Compared to the millions of dollars coming in from large international aid organisations, what seem a small donation goes a long way here. I was talking to Penny to see if we could get something for Christmas that could be of help to Penny and her family, Terry and her family and our neighbour Flor and her large family. A few items came up such as a clay oven, a kettle that can be used over open fire (most people here use wood as fuel for cooking and not gas or electricity), a thermos for keeping hot water, an aluminum steamer for cooking buns, rice cakes and such things, etc). And would you believe that US$100 can buy all those things?
Well, I have been crocheting SO MUCH during these past couple of months but I have not been able to post much about them. I’ve done mats, towels, a bolero and now finishing up three more crocheted garments. I hope that next time, I will have more to report about crocheting, it seems a bit difficult with all the stresses a round …
However, I have been writing quite a bit about what’s been happening around here, and more of that on my other website, Korakora.org.