When you buy a Compassion bag, you give a multi-functional school bag to a typhoon child survivor.
Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which hit the Eastern Visayas part of the Philippines, are determined to get back on their feet again. With the assistance of compatriots and leading bag makers in the country, they start rebuilding their lives by sewing weather-resistant backpacks for commercial purposes. The good thing about it is that not only do they aim to establish an income-generating project. Survivors also keep survival preparedness in mind.
Along with the iconic bright red Compassion bags, they also make backpacks cum flotation device designed to equip young children in case something like Yolanda happens again. Aptly called Courage, the bag aims to provide children a fighting chance in case of emergency. It is also meant to help address a deep emotional trauma of uncertainty that still haunts children survivors to this day.
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A Courage bag is given to a child survivor every time you buy a Compassion backpack for yourself or as a gift item for someone else. Each Courage bag, which contains art materials and school supplies, has these features:
- constructed with high-density, water-resistant nylon fabric
- double stitched with military-grade nylon thread to ensure longevity
- reflective striping on the front and back to enhance visibility at night or during search and rescue operations
- utilizes two empty 2-liter PET bottles strapped to the side of the bag to keep a child afloat
Watch the video and see how Courage works.
Survivors who sew both Compassion and Courage got additional technical skills training from TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).
For details on how to help children survivors and purchase Compassion bags, please do visit Taclob.