BY: DIANA BERNARDES-CHAWDHURY
Exactly on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008, the Province of Biliran, specifically the Biliran Provincial Hospital received two truckful of gifts from Project Help Phils of Haugesund, Norway headed by Mr. Gudbjorn and Mrs. Wenche Weyer. Other members of the NGO like Ms. Torhild Kristiansen and Mr. Tor Sigmund Dahl were also here in Naval to turn-over the shipment to the Biliran Provincial Hospital but could not make it due to health problems and for which they needed to go back to Norway on the same day that the goods were being shipped to Naval from Cebu. The Well of the Messiah, a Protestant church based in Atipolo which operates feeding centers in several barangays in Naval and Almeria is also another recipient of the goods that arrived. The Church happens to be the main beneficiary of the Project Help Phils. here in Biliran in their five (5) time yearly trips to the Phils since 2003.
Pastor Lorenzo Alburo, the head of the Well of the Messiah Congregation, and his wife Melinda introduced the group to this writer when they came to the hospital to assist one of their indigent church member who got admitted. It didn’t take long for this writer to expound on the need for help to the only hospital in the province when through exchanges of emails Mr. and Mrs. Weyer sent photos of the goods that they have accumulated for the Biliran Provincial Hospital.
The next move was to get the commitment of Governor Rogelio Espina to shoulder the expenses in shipping the goods to Naval from Cebu as the freight charges from Norway to Cebu is already being taken cared of by the donors. Without hesitation too, the Governor gave his nod and the rest is history.
Mr.a nd Mrs. Weyer with Pastor Lorenzo Alburo of Well of the Messiah Congregation
At the hospital now are forty (40) slightly used electric beds, 37 mattresses, 6 wheelchairs, 35 walking chairs, 6 bagful of hospital linens and many other hospital stuff which are very much of use to our poor patients. We were told that there will be more goods to come as more and more people and institutions from Norway are now willing to help in this worthy endeavour of Mr. and Mrs. Weyer. Dr. Veloso, the new Chief of Hospital, is presently in the process of making a list of priority items/facilities that the donors can send in their next shipment. Asked if this endeavour is a heavy task to them, Mr. And Mrs. Weyer said that their group do not consider this a heavy task at all because helping people is for them a Christian act of Charity which every Christians should be happy doing to his fellowmen without hesitation and rancour.
‘Mr. Gudbjorn and Mrs. Wenche Weyer of Haugesund, Norway – Project Help Phils.
Talks of helping Women Empowerment and helping special children have been explored by this writer and Project Help Phils. on top of plans to help the health care needs of poor Biliranons. They find Biliran such a wonderful place with warm and accomodating people who deserve all the help that other agencies like Project Help Phils. can give. With many other Norwegians at their back, they may be able to make Biliran a showcase of healthy empowered people with the little help that they can accumulate and of course with the cooperation and coordination of socially aware and development oriented Biliranons nothing is impossible.