Puraran Beach in Baras, Catanduanes is a popular surf spot with waves coming in from the Pacific Ocean. But this location also means that it bears the brunt of incoming typhoons, including Super Typhoon Rolly (International Name: Goni), which made landfall on the island in the early morning of November 1, 2020. Packing winds of up to 280 km/hour and torrential rain, the super typhoon completely damaged houses along the coast as well as family-owned resorts along Puraran Beach. This is on top of the fact that the tourist destination has been closed since the community quarantine in March, causing many families to lose their source of income.
With the help of my friends, we started a small donation drive for the weekly immediate needs of the families in Puraran last November 3, and sent the first batch of monetary donations on November 6. This was directly sent to three people, representing the family-owned Majestic Puraran Beach Resort, family-owned Puraran Surf Resort, and a group of 40 local surfers and their families. Later today, we will send out the second batch for this week's pooled cash donations.
These solar lights will help the community in Puraran since the whole island still doesn't have electricity.
We are also working on helping them rebuild the island paradise for long-term goal of this donation drive. Rebuilding Puraran is a big challenge because of scarcity of materials in the town proper, Virac. But we are positive that we can deliver because of people like you, who do not think twice in helping a community in need.
We are targeting to send these solar lights to Puraran next week together with other donations (relife goods, clothes, blankets).
Again, thank you for your generous support and more Power4All!
Power 4 All has donated Niwa Public 1000 lighting systems. Each come with 10 bulbs and can simultaneously attain a brightness of 1,000 lumens.