Popburri, a restaurant and cafe located in East Kamias, Quezon City, has opened its doors to street dwellers who may not have a permanent home to stay in while the entire Luzon is under "enhanced community quarantine."
The owner of Popburri has transformed the cafe into a temporary shelter, where the homeless can sleep (it's open from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.), have dinner (meals are provided by the food establishment), do their laundry, and take a bath.
"We wanted them to have a place to do the most basic thing, which was [to] wash their hands. They keep saying that's the most important thing for all of us to do. But what if you don't have a sink, you don't have running water? How are you going to do the most basic thing required?" business owner Maria Camille Dowling Ibanes told ABS-CBN News. According to Maria, the cafe is disinfected by 6 a.m. to accommodate another batch.
A few days after Popburri opened the temporary shelter, many locals have donated blankets, canned goods, loaves of bread, and other basic necessities.
Keep in mind, however, that there are ways for you to actively help those in need even while staying at home. You can purchase donation vouchers on Lazada. Proceeds will help supply different forms of support for the following organizations: Philippine Red Cross, Kaya Natin, Virlanie Foundation, Inc, and 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid. Prices range from P100 to P1,000.
According to Lazada, Philippine Red Cross and UNICEF donations are for medical staff supplies—PPEs and hygiene kits. Donations for Caritas Manila supplies safety kits will be distributed to families and communities in need. Meanwhile, Kaya Natin Movement supports food and personal care packages, as well as personal protective equipment (PPEs) for our medical front liners. Likewise, Virlanie Foundation and 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid are donating food and personal care packages for street children. Red Cross will also provide support through community engagement activities like psychosocial support and access to education for out-of-school children.
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