The team (Howard, Wayne, Edward and BMFI staff) will be leaving this afternoon or tomorrow morning 04.00.
We will be heading out of communication for about a week distributing the last 500 SRKs to four barangays. Three of the barangays will be island locations, so there is a large amount of logistics to tackle. We will be being supplied from the BMFI team in Iloilo who will be running the supply logistics.
"Some of the places we will be working in are going to be quite challenging, they are totally devastated", said Howard Bradfield. The team will be living with the community's for the next week, loading and unloading the SRKs (shelter repair kit) and coordinating the distribution with our partner organisation BMFI.
"Were really looking forward to the challenge of the next week, its not going to be easy but working in these conditions never is", said Wayne Beaumier.
The team will be focusing on working with the Barangay community to get the job done, "there is no other way to do this work, you have to engage with the community and use them as a resource, these people are not victims, they are resources the best resource we have. It is not our place to simply come in to there community and tell them what is going to happen. Rather we work with the Local Government Units (LGU), and the Barangay to make sure we are all happy with the work and aid being delivered"' Ed Cox Team Lead.
The team has had a lot of help from the Iloilo volunteer group DMCG (Disaster Management Core Group). There tireless efforts have been totally invaluable in the logistical framework of what we are doing. The team and DAI would like to extend a massive thank you to all at the DMCG for being an inspiration in selfless volunteering