Filipinos are no stranger to national crisis. We have rallied to help those in need whenever there's a storm that ravages a town or city. We can do it again for our brothers and sisters in the South. Since the Marawi crisis started, there are already 1,432 families or 7,439 persons who have fled from Marawi City as a result of the ongoing clash. About 691 families or 3,688 persons are housed in evacuation centers.
So how else can you help our sisters in the South? Send cash donations to Modern Nanays of Mindanao(MNM), a group of mothers who advocate breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering. It currently has more than 6,000 members, composed of moms, pediatricians, obstetricians, and family advocates who support their principles
MNM has been asking for donations for the 120 and 250 females in Buru-un and Ma. Cristina evacuation centers, respectively along, with 160 and 400 children who are seeking for relief operations. The group has responded with Malong Care Packs, which contains essentials that are specifically for moms with children below 2 years old.
Each Malong Care Pack consists of:
5 water bottles
5 easy-to-open canned goods
1 dozen shampoo sachet
3 pieces of soap
18 pieces of diapers
2 packs of sanitary pads
1 face towel
6 toothpaste sachets
1 pack baby wipes
1 bottle of isopropyl alcohol
We laud the group for wrapping these essentials in a "malong," a Maranao garb, which the mother can use as a turban, dress, blanket, sunshade, bed sheet, dressing room, hammock, prayer mat, baby carrier and many others. Look:
As of May 31, the group has already sent their first batch of 306 Malong Care Packs.
Pediatrician Dr. Francesca “Zeka” To, a breastfeeding advocate and co-founder of non-profit group L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling, Help), stressed in an article in Smart Parentingthat breastfeeding is essential during emergencies. Evacuation centers are often crowded and have very limited water supply, and the risk of contaminated water to mix formula or wash bottles leads to diarrhea, infections, other illneses, and even death.
That's why today, June 1, MNM set up a mom-and-child-friendly spaces with a community kitchen in evacuation centers in Iligan City. These spaces aim to help and encourage moms to breastfeed and be a place where young children can eat healthy foods that do not quickly spoil such as kamote, kalabasa, corn, monggo beans.
MNM are still open to welcome volunteers and receive donations whether in kind or in cash: