What/Where Is Borjan?

Periodically, these sparse Borjan shelters are wracked by typhoons.  In addition to tropical diseases, tsunamis are a threat.

Few shelters in Borjan have sewerage systems.

Flooding is common as storms and typhoons have been increasing in severity over the past several years.

Our fund is providing antibiotics to treat his condition, and Archie is improving!

  Borjan is a rural village located in northeastern Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines. With a population of approximately twelve hundred, it is located four miles from Surigao City, near the Kinabutan River, bordering the Philippine Sea. The village is situated on a tidal flood plain, with land that is not arable. Sea water floods Borjan at high tide and drains at low tide.  When the water ebbs, the villagers  gather small amounts of marine life that are left stranded in brackish ponds.  This "harvest" provides their chief sustenance. Often it is meager, and the children go hungry.  There is little industry, and jobs in this region are scarce, so residents of Borjan endure a life of grinding subsistence.

This area is scavenged for stranded marine life at low tide to provide protein for the residents of Borjan.

We're able to help with vaccinations though a local midwife who visits the area twice a week.

Tuberculosis is no longer a threat in the West.  In Bioborjan children like Archie develop lesions when the TB bacteria spread from the lungs to the lymph.
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