History of relief operations
Quick to action, since it's start T-E has been providing it's share of help, when disaster strikes in the Philippines.
HISTORY OF RELIEF OPERATION IN RESPONSE TO CALAMITY
1993: MOUNT PINATUBO EMERGENCY
The foundation donated artesian wells in some stricken areas of Mt. Pinatubo, Marinduque and Southern Leyte.
T-E sent 7 trucks full of food, tents, and equipment to the disaster area, and was one of the first NGOs if not the first to arrive on site.
1995: TYPHOON ROSING EMERGENCY
The foundation provided medical and food assistance to the victims of Typhoon Rosing in the Quezon Province. Then, Médecins du Monde (Doctors without Borders) widely rehabilitated about a hundred Barangay Health Stations in the most severely damaged coastal communities of the Quezon Province and Bicol Region.
1996: MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN SAMAR
The foundation identified with Médecins du Monde the need for primary health-care in the remote islands of Northern Samar. The project consisted of the launch of a floating clinic, i.e, provision of a boat used in medical rounds, the rehabilitation of four hospitals, and training in Paris of local health officers. In 1998, the project was successfully turned over to the Philippines.
1998: EL NIÑO EMERGENCY
The foundation ran an relief operation by distributing 50 tons of rice to 500 families of Manolo, Muslim, and Christian communities, suffering victims from El Niño famine in North Cotabato, Mindanao. This was possible through the financial help of Makati-Medical Doctors and local help for distribution, from oblate priests by Belgian Fr. Lenzen.
2000: WAR IN MINDANAO
The foundation helped through the distribution of 10 tons of rice and the immediate arrival of Médecins du Monde (Doctors with out borders) whose team of doctors from France arrived with 300 kg of medicines and medical equipment destined for the thousands of evacuees who left their homes to escape the ravages of war in Cotabato province.
2003: MUSLIM REFUGEES
Donation of one ton of medicines to the Parish Church in Pikit for Muslim Refugees. The donation came from French pharmaceutical companies (Aventis and Servier) and Filipino company (Pharex).
2004: THREE SUPER TYPHOONS
Together-Ensemble got busy again with relief operations following three super typhoons that ravaged Luzon. Le Club and Handicap International were its main partners in bringing aid to the victims.
Together-Ensemble also donated Php 100,000 to address the urgent needs and help in the reforestation of the Philippine mountains. The check was received by Senator Dick Gordon as President of the Philippine National Red Cross.
2006: LANDSLIDE IN SOUTHERN LEYTE
In early 2006, the foundation responded to the landslide tragedy in Southern Leyte, linking arms this time with the Philippine National Red Cross. An estimated number of 2,300 people were affected.
2009: VARIOUS TYPHOONS
Together-Ensemble has allied itself with the Philippine Coast Guard in order to reach out to the victims of the subsequent typhoons that hit most parts of Luzon towards the end of 2009. The foundation facilitated the solicitation of some foreign aid and its distribution through proper channels.
2013: WORLD’S BIGGEST TYPHOON IN HISTORY
In 2013, the Philippines was hit by what has been known as one of biggest typhoons in history. Having a maximum wind speed of 195 miles/hour, super-typhoon Haiyan wiped out cities, held a death count of over 10,000 and damaged over one million homes. Immediately, Together-Ensemble activated its network both locally and internationally, raising funds of about 20,000 Euros. This amount was used to purchase construction materials which were then distributed to the victims from remote and small islands north of Negros Occidental. The foundation partnered with Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade of Negros Occidental, Electricians Without Borders (France) who transported a truck loaded with 7CBM of various relief good and generators (for the victims of Guiuan, Eastern Samar), Flutes from Across the World (USA), The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Team ULIS (France).
2014: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
A 40-foot Container Van containing various medical equipment was turned over to the Masbate Provincial Hospital through then Masbate governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete on 09 May 2014.
2015: MORE PROJECTS WITH TEAM ULIS
The partnership with Team ULIS has solidified and grown in 2015. Though T-E, they visited Bacolod City to donate various
relief goods and fire equipment. They also conducted free training to the Bacolod Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade.
2016: KIDAPAWAN DROUGHT RESPONSE AND CLINIC-IN-A-CAN AND AMBULANCE DONATIONS
In 2016, drought has hit the south of the Philippines and took away billions of pesos worth of rice. This impelled hundreds of farmers, suffering from both hunger and loss of livelihood, to protest along the Kidapawan National Highway. Unfortunately, the protest went out of control resulting in the death and killing of farmer rallyists. At once, Together-Ensemble took action, flew to Kidapawan, and brought 10 tons of rice for the suffering farmers, especially those who were affected by the grievous incident.
In the same year, T-E partnered with Caritas Manila, facilitating two major donation projects together: Clinic-in-a-Can and Ambulance (from Team ULIS). A massive fire also hit the Navotas Fish Port affecting around 1,200 households. T-E immediately made cash donations to the affected families.
2017: RESPONSE TO FIRE, TONDO, MANILA
Cash donation of P50,000 for fire victims of Tulay ng Kabataan in Tondo, Manila.
2020: TAAL ERUPTION RESPONSE
This January 12, 2020, Taal volcano erupted displacing more then 70,000 people.
These people were given temporary shelters by government actions.
T-E was quick to react, to source and send relief goods to the area. Less than a week after Eruption, T-E sent toiletries and sleeping equipment good for 300 Families to help those displaced.
Later on 22 of January a second relief action was made donating 100,000php to the CARITAS foundation which is lead by the Catholic Church.
CARITAS effectuated more then 20 relief operation helping directly 5,000 families affected during the crisis, to facilitate early recovery.
2020: COVID PANDEMIC RESPONSE
During the the Covid Pandemic, Together-Ensemble distributed over 2800 masks.
The foundation has found a supplier of washable masks. Thomas Dionnet who converted his workshop for the production of masks, which have a high demand during today’s crisis. T-E and Dionnet have distributed and/or gave over 2800 masks, to families in need, foundations, hospitals, public entities and barangays.
2020: GALILEE FARM UPDATE
Our partner, the Galilee Farm located in Cotabato City (Mindanao), has been given funds in order to repair equipment needed for its function.
1. The farm needs to repair tanks that allow to protect their water source.
2. Water Spray to sanitize the milking area.
3. LCD Projector for seminars and meetings needs to be replaced.
4. A laptop to allow mobility of work.
A donation of 98,000php is given to help with these repairs and upgrades that will allow the farm to be more productive.
2020: AMBULANCE REFURBISHING
On September 29, 2020, the Renault Ambulance, a gift of Together Ensemble and TEAM ULIS of Nice, in France to CARITAS MANILA five years ago was blessed by H. E. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D. D. the acting Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The beautiful ambulance was refurbished and repainted and put back into service to assist in the transport of indigent patients to hospitals for badly needed medical attention.