Spoonful of Sugar

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”  ~ Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, 1964)

Oddly enough, the opposite is true in Marikina, Philippines.  There, medicine is being delivered to help children regain health and appetite, thanks to the work of small, non-profit agencies, like Action International .

Marikina, Philippines – An unhappy girl takes a spoonful of medicine at makeshift health clinic. Canon 5D II, 180mm, 1/80 @ f3.2, ISO 200, LowePro DZ200

Typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines in September, 2009, with 165 km/h, (105 mph) winds and record floods that claimed 464 lives.  After waters receded, disease rates spiked, in particular, Leptospirosis a bacterial infection associated with rats.

Many people lost their homes and livelihood from massive erosion and subsequent deposition of mountains of gravel and mud.  The water’s have since receded, but many communities are beyond digging out as the sediment remains, now hardened like roadway.

Marikina, Philippines – A child drags a toy tied by cassette tape along road infilled by flood sedimentation.

Today, as our attentions turn to more current and grand disasters on the world stage; please, let’s not forsake the good work that aiding nations, like Canada and the US, began.

Marikina, Philippines – A Filipino child sits in the doorway of what once was a second story home. Flooding during Typhoon Ondoy buried this neighborhood in almost 2-meters (6 feet) of sedimentation. Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70mm, 1/500@f4.5, ISO 400, LowePro DZ 200

In Marikina, the challenges of malnutrition, disease, severe unemployment and other social ills continue to be actively addressed by small and humble groups, like Action, who remain committed to seeing holistic change permeate entire communities… even at the patient rate of one life at a time.

Press on, dear friends.

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