Category: People We Serve

Yolanda survivors pay it forward for Nepal
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Yolanda survivors pay it forward for Nepal

On April 29, 2015, Rolando Pamplona and his fellow fishermen came back from a day of fishing in the waters off Palo, Leyte. Rolando brought in his catch using his banca, a native Philippine boat, named Comunita ‘di Piansano for the Italian town that donated the vessel via NVC’s Peter Project. A day’s work earns...

Project Joseph seamstresses receive order for 216 bags
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Project Joseph seamstresses receive order for 216 bags

The Project Joseph recipients of sewing machines in Brgy. Gargato, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, received a purchase order worth over Php 4,000 from Vicmik Enterprises for 216 cloth bags. It is hoped that this will be the first of a continuing line of orders. Vicmik Enterprises is a Bacolod-based garments company that manufactures children’s clothing. It...

April 28, 2015January 7, 2019by
Ricky’s three kilos of fish
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Ricky’s three kilos of fish

Meet Ricky Pasacao of Palo, Leyte, a Peter Project beneficiary. He’s grinning from ear to because he just caught 3 kilos of fish from his boat, Carewell 1, donated by the Carewell Community, a cancer resource and wellness community. The selling price of fish is P300 per kilo, but Ricky plans to dry some of his...

April 13, 2015January 7, 2019by
Peter Project fishermen turned entrepreneurs
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Peter Project fishermen turned entrepreneurs

Fishermen-entrepreneurs: this is what a group of Peter Project beneficiaries in Palo, Leyte has become. On the shoreline near where they park their boats, these enterprising beneficiaries have constructed 7 sheds that they rent for P300 a day to beach goers. They also operate a store as well, with a karaoke machine available for a fee of course. After they...

April 10, 2015January 7, 2019by
The Sorbitos look forward to receiving their boat
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The Sorbitos look forward to receiving their boat

Meet Jerry and Edita Sorbito of Calubian, Northern Leyte, in the place they call home. The makeshift structure is so fragile that it has to be tied to mangrove trees to ensure it doesn’t drift away.   Their eldest daughter, Marinel, is 15 years old but only in Grade 3. Poverty prevents her and three...

February 3, 2015January 7, 2019by
The Calvadores family’s donated trike helps others escape a disaster
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The Calvadores family’s donated trike helps others escape a disaster

  Meet the Calvadores family of Garawon, Eastern Samar, who lost five family members to Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.   On the same month a year later, father of the family Edwin received a tricycle from British American Tobacco. This lets him to go back to his original livelihood of delivering bread for a bakery in the town...

December 15, 2014January 7, 2019by
The seas and skies give Julito Daa a fresh start
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The seas and skies give Julito Daa a fresh start

Meet Julito Daa, a fisherman from San Jose, Tacloban.   The first time we met Julito, it was difficult to see a smile on his face. He had just lost his wife and 9-month old baby, along with his parents and sister to the fury of Typhoon Yolanda. We saw his first smile when he received a Peter...

November 30, 2014January 7, 2019by
The first Peter Project beneficiary now has a dream
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The first Peter Project beneficiary now has a dream

Before and after:     Hermie, our first Peter Project beneficiary fisherman, beside the house he was living in as of February 2013, when we first me him. At that time, he was earning P50 daily on good days as fisherman’s helper. Life was so bad that Hermie said he had no dreams. Read Hermie’s story here   Today,...

September 17, 2014January 7, 2019by
Mosaics see art student through college
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Mosaics see art student through college

Meet father and daughter team Hazel and Bello. Bello is the master carpenter of NVC’s livelihood projects, the man behind our bestselling folding tables and other beautiful, handcrafted furniture. His daughter, Hazel, is a fine arts student and is one of our artisans.     Bello and his wife, Hermie, were originally hesitant about Hazel’s chosen course because its...

August 9, 2014January 7, 2019by
A bond beyond boats
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A bond beyond boats

Meet Merrily of Suyac Island just off Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Merrily became a fisherwoman after she lost her husband to the sea some years ago. Merrily is one of the earliest beneficiaries of The Peter Project, having received one of the two boats pictured behind her.     During the rainy season when fishing isn’t as...

August 6, 2014January 7, 2019by