NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2014
Bugko, December 2014
Dear members, friends and supporters of Mabuhay!
On September 29, Sr. Veronica and I came back from Germany. Our duty started directly on the next day and we had about 80 patients. During our absence the construction of our new multi-purpose-building benefited had started on august 29. and on our arrival already saw the foundation of the buliding and the first pillars. This large project again is made possible by the Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte under the direction of Dr. Winter. I have reported how fast the number of our Patient is increasing and therefore we need more space. The new building will have two dental treatment rooms, a Pharmacy (the good news is that we have finally found a pharmacist), a cafeteria for our waiting patients, a water station with clean drinking water for the residents of Bugko and guest rooms. The installation of a drinking water system has been donated by the Rotary Club of Bornheim, so that all people here will have access to clean drinking water. The work went very well from the first day and is amking good progress. What machines do in Germany is here mostly made by hand. The workers make un-imaginable efforts in rain or shine, and every day we see the construction grow.
before our departure to Germany Palms and banana trees were cut down
... this is a perspective view of our multi-purpose-builing as it will look like if the works are finished..
With a donation from the German European School in Manila, we were able to by new chairs for the children at the local primary school. The handover took placeon October 1st. It is hard to imagine that here at school not every child has an own chair to sit on. When we went to explore we saw that many of the children were either sitting on the ground or two children had to share a chair. also the condition of the existing chairs was terrible. The pictures show it.
On 15 October, the awards ceremony was held at B.Braun Melsungen. We had participated in the competition "What touches us" and we won the 1st prize, which was endowed with 7,000 €. Thanks to all who voted in this online-voting for our project.
We are very glad, that the independent jury decided to give the price to us. We will use the trophy money to promote our project here in Bugko.
On November 24, visited us again council Roland Räuber with Angela Wöhle, also from the
council of Steinen. Angela Wöhle was able to experience our daily clinical flow and she wasimpressed, how many patients searched for our help and how many different deseases we are usually
treating. She herself is a nurse and could therefore judge our work.
In the afternoon we visited our children in the various groups of our nutrition program.
With your support we could also repair classrooms in elementary school. As reported in the last letter typhoon Glenda has caused many damage here in Bugko.
The School Board still has its attention to the region of Tacloban, where the typhoon Haiyan
had destroyed nearly every building.
For the first Advent we had the seniors of Bugko here. We organized group games, there was food and music. Her joy was our joy and it was a good idea, as in the past we had made much for the children at Bugko, now we had more than 140 elderly guests here. Many of them are single and lonely people and never had experienced such a celebration. The dance legs were swinging into the evening hours.
The months passed very quickly and so once again we are approaching the end of the Year. I want to thank you all again very much, also in the name of all Bugkoano, because without your helping hands and financial support it would not be possible to carry out and to maintain so efficient help here.
I am with my best wishes for a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas
your Sabine Korth
Malipayon nga Pasko (Merry Christmas) from Bugko!
Christmas Tree made of
Newsletter September 2014
Bugko, in September 2014
friends and supporters of Mabuhay!
Dentist Dr. Carsten Hansen and his wife Doris came for a second time from Wildeshausen to us, from April 12 to Mai 2, for dental services . They brought a lot of dental material, which was used immediately. The patients were standing in line before 6 o`clock in the morning. In contrast to his first "visit" in 2012 Dr. Hansen was able to perform much more tooth-preserving treatment.. A total of 370 patients was treated. Of great interest was our fluoride prophylaxis-program, initiated by the Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte. Every year more children take part in it, they are examined, supplied with fluoride and if necessary with dental care regularly. Dr. Hansen confirmed, that this program is on the right way to improve the dental health of the people. Now daily come a lot of patients for dental prophylaxis. The population's awareness for healthy teeth grows increasingly.
Welcome to Bugko....
... and the patients wait in long lines
fluoride prophylaxis program
No soon as Carsten and Doris Hansen had parted, we packed our teaching materials for 1000 students from kindergarten up to the 6th grade. This happened in connection with the typhoon aid to help affected families. Each bag was individually packed and equipped with the necessary materials, depending on the class.
The handover took place on June 2nd. All the students were happy, inspected the contents and wore their backpacks proudly home. Once again, many thanks to the Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte.
On June 9th. died Carlita, our former househelper. We all will always think of heir.. She died due to illness and was only 53 years old. We are very sad on this loss, she was adorable.
On July 2 came Dentist Dr. Lindner from Bad Kötzting to us. He came on recommendation of the Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte. Although Dr. Hansen was here short before, many patients came and searched for dental help again.
Many people could be treated and we are very glad that Dr. Lindner will come again in January. Then he will stay 6 weeks. His stay was disturbed by the typhoons Glenda and Henry, who in quick succession had caused great damage here in Bugko. I reported separately. As a result, we had two weeks no electricity and what that means I do not need to explain in detail. Our last visitor for this summer was on July 30 Svenja Bär from Olpe / Sauerland. She made a 3-week work experience with us before she begins her studies in anthropology in fall.
In August was for the first time an optometrist from Catarman for two days in our clinic and we were able to provide nearly 100 patients with eyeglasses. For many years Mr. Horst Werner in Bonn and also other friends had collected these for us. Now the frames were finally used. Amazing that there are many children who could not longer read the blackboard at school. These children had significant vision problems and it is surprising that this was not noticed earlier. The patients were first tested with the computer, and then reexamined with the Refraktiometer manually. Then they were allowed to choose their new spectacle frame.
Thanks to all who had supported us
in the action "What
touches us" of the Company Braun
Hygiene. We got this time as many votes as never
before. It was voted for our project around the
world, with the proud result of 3118 votes. Now an independent jury will decide, we hope for our Projekt. End of September, we will know the winners. Keep your fingers crossed!
More good news reached us in late August. The Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte, headed by Dr. Winter will pay the expenses for the construction of a new multi-purpose building on our property. About the background and the progress of the new building, I will report in my next newsletter.
Again we were able to help many people and we also can perform new actions. All this is only possible with your support.
So once again Salamat (Thank you) to everybody from Bugko!
With best wishes for a beautiful fall I am your
Newsletter April 2014
Bugko, April 2014
Dear members, friends and supporters of Mabuhay!
On January 3, 2014, our annual General Meeting was held. Sr. Veronica and I could be back again and this time the room in Haus Elisabeth was almost too small, many had come to hear about the project and in particular an update of Typhoon Haiyan. We experienced it directly and were able to give first-hand information. Many photos underlined the disaster which left the Philippines, particularly the islands of Samar and Leyte helpless. The re- construction will take a long time to be completed and we once again thank everyone who has supported us in this work and still do it.
Back in Bugko on January 8, we had stormy weather. It started with lots of rain, due to a low pressure area, which was just revolving over Samar. Strong winds, heavy rain and again the electricity was cut off as a result. Therefore, the communication was again very limited earlier this year. Many areas were flooded and the newly planted rice floated and were totally destroyed.
On January 9, we went directly to St. Rita, Samar, to bring relief supplies. We did this in conjunction with IIP (International Initiative for Philippines). The region around St. Rita is also affected by Typhoon Haiyan, but from the international aid still not much is seen. We brought cooking pots and hygiene articles. I think the pictures show very clearly how much is left to do and how little international aid has also been used.
On January 16, we did our first Medical / Dental Mission of this year. As always, we accommodated many patients at once. Our volunteers are well-trained and work as a team and coordinate from patient registration to giving instructions on how to take the medications. Often the space is limited and the circumstances more than are far beyond imagining.
On February 5, Max Reinsberg from Bonn came to us. He is an operational technican assistant by profession and works in an operating room in Bonn. In the clinic, he was confronted with various works. These included measuring of blood pressure, applying bandages, intramuscular injections and consultation with the patients. He stayed until 24 February.
On February 11, the World Day of the Sick, was again our "Surgical Mission" in conjunction with ISM (International Surgical Mission). We perform ambulant operations in Mabuhay clinic. Dr. Paul Radway, the leader of the group, came himself and performed in one day 35 operations. Our patients have been waiting for him, because they can not afford the cost even for these small operations. Patients with major surgery, such as inguinal hernias, breast tumors, thyroid enlargement, uterine enlargement, etc., were examined on February 4 and operated the local hospital in Biri, a barrier island of Samar. These Missions are free for patients. They are operated and supplied with all necessary medications. For many years we have been working together with ISM and we always have many patients who benefit from this free operations. All our volunteers were in use.
On February 13, Dra. Eden Padilla from Las Vegas USA offered to conduct consultations here in the clinic. She is from Samar but lives in the U.S. and was actually here for a visit. From her first day onwards our outpatient clinic was full of patients. Since we do not have a regular doctor here at the moment, it was a great happiness to get professional help on a voluntary basis. For her, it was easy to communicate with the patient, because she speaks the local dialect, Waray-Waray.
As the “holiday season” of Dra. Padilla ended, on March 6, my parents came to us. Also they did not come for holiday, but to take care of the patients. Since their last visit here much happened in the clinic and they were amazed. Since we have a rapidly increasing number of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system and with pain, the orthopedic doctor was expected for a long time. The patients were queuing. Large and small patients were in good hands with the two. They are a good team so we could treat every day, many patients by the medical specialist. Overall, in the short time nearly 1,000 patients came to us.
One of the highlights was a Medical Mission in Las Navas, a town in Northern Samar about 60km away from us. In just one day my parents had 205 patients with orthopedic diseases. We just worked on the village square under the simplest conditions. The spectators was not in shortage throughout the day and even the rain did not deter the patients to come to us. Before the day was over, we were already asked when the German doctor will return.
Before the end of my report I would like to give a little glimps on the latest development about Typhoon Haiyan, who hit parts of Samar and devastated most of Leyte so hard. In Bugko we initially supplied rice, foods and other relief assistance towe those families who were much affected. On February 6, we set up a kind of “soup kitchen” in front of the clinic and gave hundreds of residents a Filipino noodle dish called (pansit).
All the nipa huts along the coastline in Bugko were destroyed by the typhoon were repaired immediately after they got native materials from us. Also our Medical Missions helped the people very much at the early stage.
In Tacloban, Leyte , the roads are cleared and the many dead bodies that previously were still lying on the roadside , were buried in mass graves. There are groceries open and also some shops are opened again. The state has built so-called emergency shelters. Some restaurants, gasoline stations, schools and hospitals are opened again. The power poles are back. Superficially, it all sounds positive , but when you look at it closer , this once thriving city is in ruins and this applies not only to the houses. There are still over 1500 missing persons, foods are greatly overpriced the emergency shelters are sub-standard . Unemployment is high and people see no future. There is still no constant power supply, and many houses are still not even connected to the power supply . Many Taclobanons build their huts on the destroyed old ones and use the materials from the rubble . Also, they do not heed to the 40Meters No–Built Zone Policy from the sea, which was set by the government. Skilled workers are leaving the city and work in Manila in non-professional fields, just to have work. Where is the big international aid gone? It seems that many donations from all around the world is still in Manila. In March, a large part of the relief supplies will be reduced. This is terrible as many people in Tacloban depend on them , as they can not afford expensive food .The second phase of our assistance aimed at a long-term assistance to give people a new hope and an income. Therefore, we choose to build boats. This gives people jobs and subsequently by fishing they can have small income from which they can feed their families. At the beginning of the school year we will distribute educational materials, as people have really lost everything. Sad to say but it seems our small initiatives are much faster effective than big international help. It has much to do with bureaucracy. So I thank you again very much for the many large and small donations. We would not have gone through this difficult time without your support and we could not have passed out this much help to those affected. It’s still a long way, but I think our initiatives really brought the necessary help and we will continue to do so as long as we have the means to do it . Here are a few recent pictures :
Charity between palm trees and wooden huts
by Max Reinberg
With the first rays of the new day, the small propeller plane reached the runway of Catarman. I'm glad to finally be on the island of Samar and thus the goal of my journey. Sister Sabine is waiting jeep to me. The air is humid and full of the morning sounds of a rural environment. Having Catarman behind us, we follow the newly built road in the direction Bugko. It goes past palm trees, rice fields and numerous small huts. Even now I'm sure that this will be a very special experience for me here. Finally the road ("the Crossing") forks and then immersed already a large iron gate, on which is to be read in bright lettering "Mabuhay". Bugko and the clinic "Mabuhay" is reached.
Before the door waiting for me, besides the two playful Hofhunden, a wide smiling sister Veronica, who greeted me with a hug and me a shell necklace hanging around his neck As I will soon learn, this warm friendliness is exemplary for my time to come here in the Philippines.
The Philippines is a beautiful spot on earth, characterized by crystal-clear sea, countless coconut trees and the green thicket of the jungle. Here in Bugko most people live in small huts, often without running water or electricity. The fields are ordered with the Carabau (a bison). Rice, coconuts and fishing are the main supply branches.
I was very impressed with how friendly the people came to meet me. Not only in normal use, in purchasing or common basketball, but also in the clinic. Hours of waiting is accepted with patience and serenity to accept without complaint when a case must be forwarded unfortunately due to lack of funds.
In clinical routine, it is always an interesting experience, with what simple means of diagnosis and treatment can also work. In "Mabuhay" is still primarily the man in focus and less turnover and profitability. Especially with difficult cases, however, you can see how many more opportunities we have in Germany, and learns to appreciate these very different. This concerns not only medical care, but it all starts at the daily safe power or the shower in the morning.
Also impressive is the gratitude that is brought against any of the people, even if, as here, is only a small part of the Great. Always have a smile and "Salamat" on his lips. It does not always peaceful and hectic. I have found particularly strong contrast to our hectic world in Germany. The Filipinos have their very own pace.
Admirable is to see what has been built here with the clinic Mabuhay midst of huts, palm trees and rice fields. And in view of the catchment area (after all, some of the patients had up to 2 days arrival) and the high number of patients is also quickly realized how important this facility. More sad it is that this commitment is often more affected (in particular by the government) and only rarely experienced direct support. As examples I can mention the costly bureaucracy, paradoxical donations editions or even the withdrawal of the clinic doctor with no prospect of replacement here. Our support from Germany is therefore all the more important. Especially since you yourself can make with little money, sometimes a lot here. At no point was the me more aware as a terminally ill patient could not pay their trip to the surgery in Catarman. It was by 35 PHP (1 Euro = approx. 61PHP), without which the patient would inevitably died from sepsis or bleeding.
I had the opportunity to spend time there and can only say that this is an experience not to be missed. Something quite different. I myself have learned a lot in the Philippines not only in the medical field, but also a lot about the culture and the people.
I thank you for the welcome and the nice time in Bugko! I will always remember with a smile on his lips at the time in the Philippines, even if it was so short.
Max Reinberg; in March 2014
03.03.14 / 11:52
Life after Typhoon Haiyan
The Foundation's Fund German Dentists (HDZ) has received a € 15,000 donation from the company Novadent (HH) for the Taifungeschädigten in the Philippines. Sabine Korth reports of the situation on the ground.
Three months have passed. Here in Bugko environment and the situation is largely under control. We have here for weeks fed the families who have lost their livelihoods due to the typhoon. Farmers who had cultivated rice and could not reap, and especially fishermen whose boats were destroyed. The damaged cabins received new roofs.
Rebuilt: With support for the HDZ
Sabine Korth could fix with helpers in Bugko
huts or rebuild.
We also have various relief operations - so-called Medical Missions - carried out to serve many of the sick. Immediately after the typhoon, there were many injured by flying roofs, wood and other. In the second phase of the mission we saw more of the bronchial disorders, gastro-intestinal tract and skin diseases caused by contaminated water.
The streets are cleaned up, buried the dead in mass graves and there again to buy food. The problem is that the large international aid somewhere not fully arrives. The structure and help go slow. The food is overpriced, the emergency shelter, which has built the government are not to inhabit, because they are standard and there are still about 1,600 missing. Many therefore build from the materials they can find new accommodation on the scree.
Donations that help: Sabine Korth (center) checks the distribution of cooking pots, hygiene items and medicines in East Samar.
Everyday life in Tacloban: people are looking from the
rubble building material to rebuild their huts.
Some of the conditions of life in this once thriving city are unimaginable. Another problem is the large unemployment, which led people to leave Tacloban. Smaller private initiatives, such as ours, made possible by the tremendous help with the relief organization of German Dentists, came to where it was needed and is still needed.
needed food: Volunteers of Mabuhay Clinic distribute rice.
We are very grateful that you want to leave us now again provide financial help because what is needed urgently are teaching materials. Through the water, almost everything is destroyed and the people have no money to buy new materials. For the people here still are other things in the foreground as exercise books and pens. Frequent power cuts and thus also a bad internet signal are further our daily companion.
The German nurse Sabine Korth leads the Medical Health Center in Bugko on the completely devastated by Tropical Storm Haiyan in November 2013 in many parts of the Philippines island of Samar. The "Medical Health Care Center" in Northern Samar was built with the help of donations from the HDZ and is supported today by the Fund.
There is a dental unit, ambulance and a transport vehicle and a medical diagnosis and surgery center on site. Targeted prevention program aims to improve the oral health in the long term.