Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Carabao Fund

Ga (Jumarlyn Cadano) is a very sweet and gentle young lady who came from Dumaguete, “The City of Gentle People.” I remember when we were walking back home from a nearby mall, I was telling her about how I’d rather walk than ride in a car. She told me she felt the same way. She always has car sickness. Then, she told me about her bus ride from Bayawan (Negros Oriental) to Bacolod. She was with her sister and another companion in the bus. Her sister was seated a few rows behind Ga and her friend from the province. 

Ga and her friend decided to make a quick run to the nearest drug store and buy some biyahilo medicine. When they got back, the bus had already left them towing with it their money and luggage. 

With only loose change in their pockets, they decided to wait for the next bus to Bacolod. They did not eat nor drink the rest of the day. They entered the next bus without any money to pay the conductor, but they decided to still enter. They had nothing to risk anyway. When they reached the destination, the conductor asked for their money. And they told him the story. The conductor allowed them to leave and even gave them Php 20 for some food. They decided to buy water with the Php 10 pesos and a scrambled egg with the other Php 10. 

As Ga divided the egg between her and her companion, a couple of street children came near them and asked for some alms. Ga decided to share a portion of the egg with the little children before she had taken a bite of it. 

Two days ago, Ga received a call from her parents in Dumaguete that her older sister had a strange fever and couldn’t sleep all night. She was cold and coughing and her skin were sore. The parents brought her Ate to a public hospital, yet they said they didn’t have the facilities to treat her. They had no choice but to admit her in a private hospital. 

The Ate stayed there for two days. The dad had to sell their one and only carabao for Php 20,000. Their carabao was a very big help to his dad, whose sole occupation is farming. 

Her sister passed away just this morning. According to Ga, it was kidney failure. I hope that we can raise funds for their family. We cannot bring her sister back, but perhaps, we can help their family in the long-term. We can help them buy another carabao, a younger and healthier carabao, to help them plow the fields. 

If only a number of us is willing, we can offer a few hundreds, or a thousand peso to help their family. 

Please pray about it. If God has given you the burden to help the Cadano family financially, please go to any LBC branch and send your money to Ga’s father:


You may also hand it to me if we see each other, and I’ll pass it to Ga.  Let's help them because (1) we can, (2) it's God-glorifying.  Thanks and God Bless!