Haiti Earthquake, Six Months on…

Yesterday was the sixth month of the devastating earthquake that killed at least 230,000 people in Haiti and still, the country is yet to fully recover.    

 

Living among the rubbles, the citizens of Haiti are still digging out remains of people who were trapped on that fateful day.  Millions are still homeless, making the country appear as if the earthquake happened just yesterday.  They are until now, clearing the rubble to live once again…

 

 

 We can only hope that the Philippines do not suffer as much when the expected Big One hits. 

 

MCFRVI, in conjunction with the Philippine National Red Cross and National disaster agencies, is participating together with other volunteer rescue groups in a preparedness training that spans three months.  The training capacitates and ensures inter-operability of various organizations like the MCFRVI into forming a Metro-wide Disaster response network that would respond to exigencies, particularly earthquakes and flash floods.

 

The training include Basic Life Support, Water Rescue and Safety, Enclosed-space Rescue, Collapsed Structure Search and Recovery procedures and other relevant instructions.

 

Though we pray that the Big One does not come and that we do not get a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers is funding itself in the said trainings, now running into tens of thousands of Pesos, with the firmly belief that in failing to prepare, we are preparing to fail…

 

May God bless the Philippines…

We wish you enough…


Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport.   They had announced the departure.


Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’


The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than  enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Dad.’


They kissed and the daughter left.  The Father walked over to the window where I was seated.  Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry.  I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’


‘Yes, I have,’ I replied.  ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’..


‘I am old, and she lives so far away.  I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ he said.


‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’  May I ask what that means?’


He began to smile.  ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone…’  He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’  Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.


I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.


I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.


I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.


I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.


I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.


I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.


I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.


He then began to cry and walked away.


They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.


TAKE TIME TO LIVE….  Take time to love…


To all our friends and loved ones, WE WISH YOU ENOUGH.