Some pics of my second trip up to Daan Bantayan, distributing hygiene & water kits to the community there 21st-22nd November 2013 Some early bird beneficiaries… Showing them what’s in the hygiene kits… Lovely Jenny, our first beneficiary, gets her … Continue reading →
My first assessment trip up to Daan Bantayan in Northern Cebu, 18th & 19th November, 10 days after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Quick Market assessment – plenty of food available for sale in the markets And a lovely sunset over the sea…. … Continue reading →
While conducting our initial livelihoods assessment in Daan Bantayan municipality (in Northern Cebu), I met this lovely couple, Amelito and Mary-Ann Bantilan, who live in PayPay Barangay (PayPay village). I was really struck by their story, and by their incredible resilience and optimism in the face of such a catastrophe, so I thought I would share it with you.
Amelito is 42 and a fisherman who lives in PayPay village. He has a small paddle boat and a net, both of which were damaged in the storm, though he is still able to use them to fish (his boat has a small hole in it, so he can’t go out too far). His net has some holes in but is still just about usable. He normally fishes in the morning and evening, and catches around 4kgs of fish per day. He keeps back a small amount of fish to feed his family (he has a wife, Mary-Ann, and 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls) and sells the rest of his catch.
Amelito Bantilan, 42, Fisherman in PayPay, Daan Bantayan
His wife usually sells the fish on their street, going door to door selling fish to their neighbours and small local shops (called Sira Sira shops) that are run out of people’s houses. Continue reading →