2020was devastating for us. Where we had experienced 2 severe typhoons in 10 years,we had 4 major typhoons hit our area this year- with three of them passing directly over our site. This damaged most of our coconut trees, limiting our ability to run production. Additionally, due to COVID-19, the government severely limited production capacity and local trucking. We are so proud of our team who worked extra hard, long hours, and found creative solutions to continue producing with our high standards of quality while keeping our workers safe.
But the damage to homes and livelihood was overwhelming. Hundreds of homes - many just thatched "nipa huts" -were severely damaged or washed out to sea completely without any kind of insurance or safety net. Most live “hand to mouth," only having 2-4 weeks of cash stuffed away for emergencies.Families soon had a real fear of starvation.
Stephen Freed, our Founder & CEO, visited to assess the damages to homes and our coconut trees after one of the typhoons. While reviewing clipboard spreadsheets in the hot sun, the true impact became all too real when one of the farmers came and stood quite close - - "I have nothing", she cried. He began to acknowledge her when she stopped him short and came closer still -"I lost everything. Help me."The group stood silent looking at the two of them. She stepped closer to Stephen. "HELP me!" Filipinas don't do that. He had nothing to say, except the one thing ... "We will."
We quickly rolled up our sleeves to help. We sent out our skilled workers to repair/rebuild homes and organized food distributions. We helped farmers clear fallen trees, planted new saplings, and provided them with a few months of cash and food.
196,572 lbs. of ricedistributed to 2,206 families
336 homes repairedafter typhoons
128 food boxesgiven to farmer families
2,500 coconut saplingsplanted
But the real heros are our loyal customers. Without you, none of this could have happened. Using our products allowed us to help this community through their most vulnerable and desperate times.
So from the entire Dignity staff...
"Salamat Po (a sincere "Thank You" in Tagalog) for supporting our community and breaking the chains of poverty & modern-day slavery."
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