Day After Christmas

While most everyone was looking to take a holiday break the day after Christmas, nine selfless volunteers from Faith Academy ( a Christian international school located in Manila) decided to come down to Bohol to help out some of the earthquake victims.  One of IDEA’s dorm mom’s home was totally destroyed during the earthquake on October 15 so the Faith …

Meeting Needs In Leyte

As you can imagine, after the homes of our teachers and deaf student’s families were destroyed by Typhoon Hiayan, their Christmas Wish List is now very specific.  Because of the continued generosity of donors, IDEA is happy to be able to help meet the needs of these families so they can move back into homes and out from under tarps …

Christmas at BDA

The kids up at our Bohol Deaf Academy had a great time yesterday during their Christmas party. The earthquake did not dampen their spirits and only managed to increase their need to celebrate the season. All their presentations pointed to giving thanks to God for sending his Son and remembering His goodness in sparing them during this recent calamity. —— …

Don’t Forget Christmas!!!

So here is just one of the ways IDEA has responded to the earthquake and typhoon on Bohol. Here are some shots of our IDEA Philippines staff Christmas Party. Not only did we have the families of our teachers, dorm parents, office workers, and construction workers, but also all of our EIGP (employment/income generating project) employees and their families. About …

“New” Roofs for Leyte School

Our first repair team just returned from the city of Ormoc in Leyte.  It was hit with the same wind intensity as Tocloban City minus the storm surge and is the location for one of IDEA’s deaf schools.  The team spent a week there putting roofs back on our dormitory and classrooms.  Below is a photo album that will give …

Helping People – Not as Easy As It Looks!

  Living under tarps Days turn into weeks and weeks into months and families are still living under tarps trying to make life work.  Living out in the elements, cooking outside, no electricity, no running water no bathroom facilities huddled together with extended family members they are finding ways to make life work in the midst of their new reality. …

Classroom Tent

The Department of Education engineers have declared the concrete classrooms formerly occupied by our deaf children to be unsafe to occupy in Loon.  There was little choice but to set up an IDEA provided classroom tent.  Luck for us, we had a large two pole, circus type tent that worked out perfectly.  The kids and teachers should be comfortable there …

Emergency Houses Role Out

I saw the government damage  statisics yesterday for Bohol from the quake and it reported 78,000 damaged structures and 6,800 homes totally destroyed.  Many of the people who lost their home to the quake are living in tents so the time is NOW to get emergency housing to them.  That is EXACTLY what IDEA is doing. This week 10 homes …