World Vision provides aid for families displaced due to fire in Baseco

A massive fire incident broke out in Baseco Compound, Manila at 11 PM (Philippine time) of February 4, 2020. The fire, which was elevated to Task Force Brave, meaning more firefighting equipment required, was responded to by fire brigades and eventually contained after more than 3 hours.

Based on the report from the Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW), 1,211 families or around 3,000 individuals are rendered homeless, where 60 families or 300 individuals affected belonged to World Vision’s area programme in Baseco.

“The fire in Baseco, Manila displaced more than a thousand children and their families. It’s hard to imagine losing almost everything in a matter of hours of blaze,” says World Vision National Director Rommel Fuerte.

World Vision aims to alleviate suffering by supporting the identified needs of the affected families especially the children. World Vision provides support through the distribution of non-food items such as blankets, hygiene kits, and sleeping mats.

In coordination with the local government, World Vision continues to respond and to look into other needs such as psychological support for the vulnerable children to help cope from the negative effect of the disaster.

“As brothers and sisters, I call on everyone to join us in praying for our fellow Filipinos and their communities in Baseco. Let us also include in our prayers their local leaders whom we have been collaborating with for more than a decade now, looking after the welfare of the most vulnerable children. We hope that together, we will be in solidarity with the affected families, especially children,” shares Fuerte.

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