Last Friday, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, following a path that took it right through the middle of the country. As many of you already know from coverage in the media, the destruction in the storm’s path was great. CURE does have some staff on the ground in Davao City which is about 300 miles south of the areas hit by Haiyan. We have been in communication with Leron Lehman, the Executive Director of CURE Philippines, who told us that the community and the Tebow CURE Hospital, which is under construction, were not impacted by the storm. “While we are grateful that our region has been spared,” he said, “it is still very difficult to see the massive destruction and loss of life to our neighbors just to the north.”
CURE also has several Filipino staff members at the Oasis Hospital in the UAE, and they have friends and family in the Philippines who have been affected. Communication to the Philippines is still difficult due to phone and power outages, but to the best of our knowledge, no lives have been lost among immediate family members. The Oasis community is collecting items to send to the Philippines to assist with the relief effort.
Please join us in prayer for those impacted by Haiyan, both among our staff in the UAE and on the ground in the Philippines. If you would like to give to the relief effort, we recommend donating through Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, and the Tim Tebow Foundation.
We are making definite progress at the Tebow CURE Hospital! These pictures we taken Monday. All of the workers were sleeping or resting…it was noontime. They are hard workers and I did not want people to think, “Hey, all of those guys look like they are slacking!” So, sit back and enjoy the tour of the wonderful progress going on here!
We are settled back in the Philippines after a nice long vacation in the States. We had a few weeks before school started, so we went to the hospital to check on the progress. It is coming right along. I have lots of fun reminiscing about the project in Niger and the first days of being there. This building is quite different, but the cement smells the same, and the feelings of great expectations are all the same, too! So is the grittiness of something wonderful and new being constructed. Can’t explain how excited I get when I enter this place already! Hope you enjoy these pictures; feel free to ask questions. As you will see, the rooms are labeled but there are no windows or doors. The kids were a little freaked out getting too close to wide open spaces… it is a five-storey building after all!
The exterior of the Tebow CURE Hospital, Davao, Philippines
Hmmmm, so strange, but I just wanted to blog. I am “stuck” so to speak. I feel like if I do not keep up the habit of posting regularly, I will totally lose momentum. So, bear with me as I try to collect my thoughts. At this moment and most days, I am missing Niger. Fantastic kids and people that I would meet at CURE Niger as well as Sahel Academy and the familiar. All my pictures of Africa elicit such emotion. Read the rest of this entry »
A new place, new culture, new challenges, new people, new new new. I find myself in this weird “in between.” Read the rest of this entry »
“CURE gives hope to babies” from New Vision
“Life and war in Afghanistan” (photo) from the Washington Post
“High School Students Impact Society With Senior Projects” (photo) from Gingham Patch
“Time for Tim” from Philippine Daily Inquirer