We continued to move between the cart and the isolated neighborhoods until we no longer had supplies. In total, approximately 1,000 families received food parcels. However, there were still the disappointed and hungry voices echoing in our ears when there was no further food to distribute. We realized then how many more could be assisted on this day – the number affected had been under-estimated.
What also remains with me was the extraordinary hospitality of these people even in this dramatic situation. While standing in the floodwaters waiting, I was invited into a family home – a 7ft square cluttered, dark room with an upper level, shared by 7 people and 4 dogs. There was no electricity, water, gas or sewerage. They did not know when it would change. Their light came from a small candle stuck to the wall. But we shared small conversation and smiles, while the floodwaters literally lapped at their front door. An extraordinary experience of the beauty of human nature.