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Un toit pour Mechelle

Un toit pour Mechelle


 

Il y a 6 ans jour pour jour (le 8 nov 2013), Mechelle et sa famille ont perdu leur maison dans le cyclone Yolanda, un des plus puissants jamais enregistrés. Leurs reserves de graines et de fertilisants pour le riz, le maïs et la canne a sucre ont été détruites. Croulant sous les dettes, en Mai 2014 elle decide de venir travailler à Singapour, et son mari Ricky de partir à Manille avec leurs 3 enfants (Emmanuel, Janvier 2013, Richelle Janvier 2012 et Rhence Michael Octobre 2007) pour reprendre un travail.

Ils ont enfin terminé de payer leurs dettes en 2018.

A Singapour, elle a travaillé pour une famille Philippine un peu plus de 2 ans puis a cherché à changer de famille pour améliorer son salaire.

C’est comme cela que nous l’avons rencontré en Septembre 2016. Depuis le 1er Octobre 2016, c’est une nounou en or pour nos enfants, notre fée du logis et reine de la cuisine… Elle est d’une gentillesse, d’une honnêteté et d’un courage qui forcement nous touche beaucoup. Nous avons donc ensemble pensé à un projet pour l’aider à retourner vivre auprès de ses enfants. Nous avons conclu qu’acheter une maison, et donc ne plus avoir à en louer une lui permettrait de réduire ses besoins financiers et qu’elle pourrait ainsi rentrer retrouver sa famille!

Mechelle a acheté avec notre aide un terrain à Manille pour la somme de 18 000 euros et envisage d’y construire une maison en dur pour un coût de 5 000 euros. A ce jour, il lui faudrait encore une dizaine d’année à travailler à Singapour pour rembourser intégralement ce montant.

Pour l’aider à réduire cette durée et rentrer plus vite parmi les siens, nous organisons cet appel au don ainsi que d’autres petites actions (Vide-grenier, vente de plantes et bien sur vente de Beewraps made by Mamilou!)

 

Merci d’avance pour votre générosité.

 

 

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Mechelle’s story

 

It was a Friday morning November 8th 2013 when the super typhoon Yolanda hit in northern Visayas islands of Philippines .We lived in San Dionisio Iloilo region. Behind our house about 100 meters there is a fish pond. And behind that fish pond is a sea. Around 7am in the morning the wind was blowing fast and was strong. Me and my husband (Ricky) were busy keeping our things packed in a bag. At 9 am in the morning there was a sudden calm of wind and rain, it was at that time that we had seen that the water in the fish pond was already full and about

to overflow. After 5 minutes the strong wind began to blow and storm surged started to push the water to overflow in our area. It had almost reached the floor level of the street. People started to panic as the water was entering the houses. We needed to evacuate to a higher place like the nearby hill. I was struggling carrying my son (Emmanuel, January 2013) who was 9 months of age. My husband was hurrying to reach my eldest son (Rhince Michael, October 2007) because he was alone running under the storm, going to the hill. My daughter (Rhichelle, January 2012) was no where to be found until we reach the hill and found her carried by a neighbour. When we reach there was plenty of people who also run out for help. we stayed there until the storm get calm. Even though the place was crowded we decided to sleep overnight even if we dont have food. People are standing without sleeping because there was no space. The day after we went back to our house. As we reach our home, the roof was totally damaged and almost every house were totally damaged. We were living in a bamboo house attached to my father in law concrete house. Our house is gone but we can stay in my father in law house.

We fixed the roof to protect our family. After what happened to us, many private individuals or even groups come to help through giving used clothes, relief goods, plastic kitchenware, … To lessen the burden we had suffered there were also big help from the government. They categorised the totally damaged houses and partially damaged will receive (respectively) 30 000 pesos (540euros) and 10 000 pesos (180euros). But sad to say not all the families received the right amount. My family received 10 000 pesos.

The saddest part of my experience with the Typhoon Yolanda was when our farm failed. We had rice, corn and sugar cane. We borrowed money (60 000 pesos) to buy seeds and fertiliser that were destroyed by the surge water from the sea. From then we could hardly recover to pay our debts to our financer. Our debt was doubled because of the interest she applied to it. Until I decided to find work abroad in Singapore in May 2014 after 3 month training in Manilla in order to pay our debts and lessen hardship of my family to give my children shelter, food and education. 

My husband decided to move to Manilla with the children to get a job as a security agent to help repay our debts.

Only in 2018 we finished to pay the interest on the fertiliser.

I am still working here in Singapore for 5 years and yet still dont have our own house in the Philippines.

Maybe someday if god wills and I can have my house.

 

Mechelle

 

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BACH Anais

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