by Roger O’Halloran
In the mountainous region of Cebu in the Philippines, Christine and I were driven to the top of a mountain to be greeted spontaneously by Christmas carolling. We are in Barili district Cebu, in the remote village of Luyo. We had a meeting with 15 leaders, 14 women and a man, who shared with us the strengths they have for keeping their communities healthy. And they shared their needs.
Kadasig Aid and Development, with support from an Australian community-based organisation of the same name, have built a clinic in one of the communities. We were in Cebu scoping a placement request from this community for a nurse to work in the clinic and share primary health care skills.
Luyo is the most remote of the villages to be served by any training that can be provided. It is 45 minutes on a motorbike, is without electricity but for a small solar system, and has only kerosene lighting. But oh, what a beautiful journey! The nurse is going to love visiting and supporting this community.
Please help us find the nurse and if you’re still looking to give a Christmas gift we would welcome funds to support the preparation, sending and support over the two years of the placement. You can become a regular donor of Palms Australia today.