By Melanie Balateco

When the government announced that it would impose the Enhanced Community Quarantine or a lockdown, I began to worry about my new-born baby. Serious questions began to race through my mind: How long will our food stock last? Would it be enough for my family? How safe is our place of residence from the threat of coronavirus?

So when Ma’am Nancy C. Nicolas, executive director of Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI) where I work, offered the Foundation’s dorm facilities as a sanctuary for staff members, I immediately grabbed the opportunity.

I was glad that KKFI did not shrink from the threat of the pandemic. Instead of just weathering the storm, it chose to be an active warrior in the forefront of the war against the Covid-19. It raised funds to assist its scholars and their families in Tondo and Manila North Cemetery in the city of Manila.

I, myself, came from MNC and was a KKFI scholar. Now, I am working as one of its regular staff doing the job of the assistant to the coordinator of the Livelihood Program. I have seen and still seeing in this time of never-before-experienced crisis how KKFI has been a faithful guardian angel of MNC residents.

There were rumors that Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Dumagoso has priorities other than MNC as far as distribution of relief goods are concerned. The prospect of getting hungry for a long time was very real to the MNC residents. The decision of KKFI to extend assistance in the form of rice and other goods literally saved lives, I dare say.

That is why it was a great pleasure on my part to help purchase food, pack them, and distribute these “lifesavers” to my former neighbors. While I handing out the goods, I could see the joy and gratitude in their eyes. Experiencing that moment was priceless to me.

Today, March 31, 2020, the KKFI was able to distribute 100 food packs and will continue to do so as long as donations keep coming in. I am confident that aids will continue to come until this pandemic is over because I have seen the generosity of people. They cannot allow anyone to suffer and go hungry if they can help it.

I have seen through the years the “Christian-ness” in KKFI, but none is more illustrative than what it has been doing the past days. The KKFI, truly, believes that helping is God's work and it is a pleasure to be an instrument in His work on earth today.

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