Lend a hand so they know that God cares – Taiwan Morakot Follow-Up Trip
By Pastor Andrew Wong
To ensure the implementation of post-disaster rebuilding project and proper usage of the donation, we have an accountability follow-up step, i.e. 6 months after the disaster for every major disaster relief responded by HISTEAM, we’ll have a follow-up trip. On behalf of HISTEAM, the CEO returned to the Morakot disaster zone from 29/3 to 7/4. Apart from visiting the victims who benefited from our support, we have also visited three Christian social care organizations that have received our relief fund, and listen to their post-disaster reconstruction progress as well as their closing report. Below is the key point sharing of the follow-up visitation:
1. Chinese Christian Relief Association
Total of donation received= RM82, 574.32
Donation spent= All
Target of donation implementation= Da Guang tribe of Namasia Township for the improvement of water resources
Morakot Typhoon had devastated the indigenous region and water sources were lost. Water pipes and water tanks constructed earlier were totally destroyed; for months many tribes had neither water supply for daily usage nor drinking water. Rev. Shia expressed his gratitude on behalf of CCRA to Malaysian churches for the donation. CCRA had channeled all the donation to assist in the reconstruction of pipe water system for Da Guang tribe in Namasia Township, and to subsidize steel ropes, pipes, water tanks and other materials needed by the reconstruction. One thing worth mentioning is the mobilization of all disaster victims through the indigenous churches for the reconstruction. An Elder with rich experience in water conservancy led these victims to explore, seek for new water source, connect pipes, install water tanks and carry out other difficult works. Besides attending Sunday Service, disaster victims had to work on the reconstruction from Monday to Saturday. In less than 10 days, 215 of them from all ages completed the difficult construction of a pipeline with a total length of 6km. The tribe held thanksgiving ceremony on 23/2/10 and channeled water to 100 homes. On that day, everybody was jumping with joy! Elder Yan gladly expressed, “previously we minded our own business, drank water drawn by our own selves. However, this water conservancy project has brought us together. The construction could be completed in such a short time because we are united. ”
2. Minorities for Christ International
Total donation received= RM21, 907.10
Donation spent = All
Target of donation implementation = David Joyful Music Camp, Youth Music Renewal for the Soul project
Morakot Typhoon had shaken the tribes in Taitung and disaster victims were overwhelmed with sorrow and distress. Watching children losing their adorable smile and horror haunted their parents in the valley of loss; Minorities for Christ International had not only initiated relief effort but had also creatively utilized our donation to start the David Joyful Music Camp. The chief organizer, Ps. Tian Zhi Wei, enthusiastically organized a concert, ”David Joyful Music Camp”, to present his hardwork during this follow-up visitation as a return for the kindness of Malaysian churches. Being at the presentation and witness the magnificent performances by children from four disaster zones, one would strongly believe that these children who went through four months of music therapy had been deeply touched by God’s love. Appreciate co-workers for using music to help these disaster-strike children to come out of sorrow and regained their innocence and hope. As I watched their performance and listen to their spiritual journey, I witnessed God’s enormous grace overrides catastrophe. Many students of the David Camp even used the worship songs and musical instruments they learned in the camp to serve in their church’s praise and worship.
3. World Vision Taiwan
Total donation received = RM50, 000.00
Donation spent = All
Target of donation implementation = Taitung Jinfeng Jialan Village, 1 unit of rebuilt house.
The heavy downpour destroyed the homes of many indigenous people in Taitung. Homes were shattered, hearts were broken. But these disaster victims did not choose to dwell in their distraught and pain. With the encouragement and care from World Vision Taiwan, the disaster victims of Jinfeng Township had demonstrated an unbeatable strength. To rebuild their homes, they took part in World Vision’s “Building Houses Together” relay house construction plan. Since the launching of the relay house construction, 30 villagers and volunteers from Jialan Village together with the military forces, they worked everyday hoping to have a home as soon as possible. Thank God, 50 beautiful and comfortable post-disaster rebuilt houses were completed. President Ma Ying-Jeou attended the completion thanksgiving service and hand-over ceremony with Jialan villagers, corporate organizations that supported the reconstruction, as well as churches. During my visit to Taitung’s disaster victims, I shared the joy of one of them who got their new shelter. Wu Dao-Yi, 38 years old, had no experience in building houses, and he could not imagine that one day he could build his own house. He immediately signed up when he knew World Vision was recruiting disaster victims to build their own relay houses. Frankly he said, “I lost everything in the flood, it’s not easy to get back on my feet again. However, I’ve found my life’s focus since I joined the relay house construction. We were responsible for the building of foundation and primary structure, the fulfilment and pride of watching the houses being set up one after another was indescribable.” The relay house was beautifully decorated by Dao-Yi and his family. His wife even wished to stay there permanently. From home destruction to reconstruction, together we witness that the future of these disaster victims is not just a dream, and it is all possible because of our love and concern. Keep it up Taiwan!