We've been getting questions about how we do things, about what communities we're doing next, and if we can go to certain areas, certain barangays. As I work on the long answer, here's the short one: we trust.
We trust in our network of friends, activists, NGO workers who tap partner-orgs, members, other friends on the ground, within the areas that are in dire need of Survival Packs. Because we work within quarantine and lockdown limitations, we keep the operation small: 30 to 40 households at a time. We make sure our partners have access to palengkes or groceries, and have a way to get to the cash we will send. We ask for documentation: receipts, lists, photographs. We wait, fully aware of the difficulties they face in the communities.
I trust. Friends who tell me of officemates who'd like to help their smaller communities but as minimum wage earners themselves, don't have the means to do so; or friends who have worked with communities victimized by EJKs and worry about the Nanays they've built relationships with. In cases like this one, who my friends trust become our partners on the ground. None of them have failed us, and often we are floored by the amount of compassion and generosity they show.
So do we know what communities we're doing next? We never know which partner will push through until the day, the night before. Can we go to certain areas? Not if we don't have someone we know there who we can trust to do the hardwork of acquisition, repacking, distribution, or some other strategy when even that is impossible.
It takes little to put food on the tables of daily wage earners who have lost jobs during this quarantine. But the trust you give #PAGASA has been massive. The only way to make sure we can keep this going is to pay that trust forward to people who know their communities better, because it is through them that we learn of how else we can help, what else is needed and necessary, beyond the food we're putting on their tables. And someday soon, we will work on those changes, too. — Katrina. ❤️✊🏽🇵🇭 #FeedThePeople #Quarantine #Lockdown #dailywageearners #lowincomeearners