Emergency Relief Operations to Assist Zamboanga Fire Victims
Over 264 houses were engulfed by fire affecting 281 families consisting of 1,175 individuals in Barangay Recodo, Zamboanga City on Thursday morning, September 22, 2022 (PH time). Affected families had little to nothing of their personal belongings after the fire ravaged their homes made of light materials to ashes. In response, a campaign for emergency donation was immediately organized by youth and community leaders to help provide emergency necessities for the fire victims. US-Philippines Society director Henry B. Howard supported the call for emergency donations.
On October 2-4, the Emergency Relief Operation was mobilized with assistance from the youth organization Youth Da’wah for Peace (YDP) led by alumnus of Howard Scholarship Adzhar J. Madjid. Emergency relief operation included psycho-social Intervention, medical assistance and distribution of hygiene kits and food buckets. Psycho-social intervention was facilitated by Ustaz Noursiddik Patdi, the YDP Regional Director. Sheikh Abdulwakil Kasim, Chairman of Crisis Management Committee of Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula lectured on Islamic Perspective in Disaster Response. Serantau Muslim, a Malaysia-based organization donated light building materials.
We share pictures of the fire damage to the village and a short video of the relief operation.
We thank members and donors for their continuing support for US-Philippines Society’s disaster relief and recovery programs in the Philippines.