Church-run orphanage Hospicio de San Jose is appealing for help after recording 103 COVID cases, 49 of them children, Sister Corrie Evidente said on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
The youngest of the COVID-stricken children is 3 years old, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said. They are showing signs of recovery and are due for swab tests within the week, Sr. Evidente, who serves as the orphanage's administrator, said.
"It's very encouraging that they are recovering. Mga lola na lang talaga, the latest cases we had two days ago, 21 of them, 'yun na lang talaga may on and off na symptoms," she told TeleRadyo.
The infected children are isolated in three dormitories in the island orphanage with caretakers who are also positive for the coronavirus.
The orphanage is short-staffed after more than a third contracted COVID-19, Sr. Evidente said.
"We hold on to our faith, nakikita naman namin na our patients are not getting worse."
She thanked those who sent aid to the facility.
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Donations are still welcome and can be dropped off at the security office. The orphanage needs ready-to-cook food as the management has to feed 450 residents under lockdown.
Sr. Evidente expressed her thanks to those who have helped. "First of all, I am really very grateful to all those concerned citizens. That's also a source of strength kasi isang balita lang, kaagad-agad marami nang nag-text, marami nang nag-send ng pera, it's overwhelming."
Those who want to give cash donations may send it to:
BPI, M.H.DEL PILAR BRANCH, HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE, account number 8103-0986-62
METROBANK, U.N. AVE.HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE, account number 175-3-17550678-1
Donors are asked to send a copy of the deposit slip to firstname.lastname@example.org.