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With initial survival accomplished, our order of priority for care and comfort is my 86 year old father in law, the 8 year old little girl who we've supported since providing all prenatal care, and whose mother abandoned her at birth, a teenaged nephew whose mother cares for the home of our father in return for support for her mentally and physically handicapped son, and any and all of the remaining folks unless and until our resources run out.

The immediate need is food. Locally, we have not been able to locate any, but blessings continue to appear. Medellin is north of Bogo, and a four hour drive from Cebu City. We have family in the city, and it's damaged but operational. Amazingly, there is already open road from where we can get food, to where it is desperately needed. I shudder to think what that dirve may be like, particularly carrying a food supply past I can only imagine how many hungry places. But there is not yet any organized relief. Fingers crossed for when that might happen. Fingers crossed for our car and driver moving safely between the two points, but the need clearly exceeds the fear.

Money transfers are already back to being essentially instantaneous. We've obtained and forwarded the necessary cash. A car is being borrowed/rented. The husband of a niece has said he will drive. Most of the details are hazy but I know that the level of good will is boundless.

The effort is privately organized, seems entirely possible of completion, and I've watched it come together in the hour before we went to bed last night, and first thing after awakening.

I have no idea how long we might be able to keep this up.


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