The Commonwealth Advocates for Recovery Efforts is planning to have three major events in the first year anniversary of Saipan’s devastation from Typhoon Soudelor, which ravaged the island on Aug. 2. A ride to recovery, morning ritual, and to memorialize everything are the plans.
CARE, a multi-organization non-profit group that has brought people together after the storm, discussed these in their meeting last Tuesday at the Governor’s Office conference room.
CARE is looking to partner with businesses where they would sponsor those who will join the ride to recovery, while the planned morning ritual is an inter-faith community prayer service to be held at the Capital Hill field just across the Governor’s Office.
The prayer service is open to all religious denomination on the island.
CARE, as of the moment, is looking for someone to organize the program that would memorialize how Saipan recovered after suffering extensive damage in one of the the worst storms to hit Saipan.
“The anniversary will give us the opportunity to show the community what we’ve been doing since last year. It will show what we did in the recover efforts,” said CARE director Jenny Hegland.
They are also looking to hold a crisis counseling program with the help of the CNMI chapter of the American Red Cross.
Americorps volunteer Maxine Laszlo, who just arrived on Saipan, has also helped CARE in revamping its Facebook page (@carecnmi) where the updates and other activities of the group are posted. There’s also an electronic button where people can donate.
CARE also has a new logo, which is a circle that has hands that are joined together symbolizing unity with the Latte stone at the center.