On Thursday there was a huge fire here in Bacolod.. We were actually out swimming in the pool here at the hotel and all of the sudden we saw all this black smoke and heard tons of sirens going past the hotel! It looked like it was really close to the hotel but it was like a 5 minute drive away from here... Well come to find out basically the whole community got burned down... It was a community that was behind big industrial buildings and the only way to get back to them is by going on a little walking path, that no fire trucks could drive back there.. So instead they had fire fighters up on the roof throwing buckets of water onto the fire... Which of course does nothing to put out a fire! We found out the it burnt down 80 houses and partially damaged 40 houses.. Which left 120 families without houses and it was 800+ people total left without houses.. That tells you how many people live in one house.... None of them had insurance on their houses or money to say the least... They honestly lost everything! Here are some pictures of where the fire was!
|I know this is so gross but poor dog didn't have a chance!|
We felt so bad when we heard about this that Focus decided to do charity for the people that were affected! They went and bought a bunch of rice, noodles, cans of sardines, and drinks... They packed bags of food to give to each family! These families are staying at a school until they get the place cleaned up and can build new houses.. We went on Friday to deliver these bags of food for the families.. They were so grateful but it was so sad to see that they had nothing left but each other..
|The line of people to get food was huge!|
After we gave them the sacks of food we went back to Focus and decided that we wanted to make them dinner because they have no food or nowhere to cook food.. So we cooked rice, and sardines... Think of how much food it was to feed 800 people!! It took a long time to prepare the food and put it in containers to take to the people.. But it was worth it they were grateful and starving... Here are some pictures of them preparing the food!
|This is only 80 boxes of rice!|
|The guys opening up cans of sardines|
|Some of the crew that helped make the dinner! There are some amazing people that work at Focus!|
They also did breakfast the next morning for the people and dinner the next night! Amazing... Tomorrow we are going to give them tin for them to put on the roofs of their houses when they rebuild them!Here are pictures of them serving breakfast!