Friends and Kakailians!
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance is knocking on your hearts for your support for Ms. Georgia Velasco, a member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance Executive Committee (Auditor) and the current General Secretary of the Cordillera Elders Alliance. We humbly appeal for any support that you are able to extend, especially to augment the limited financial resources for Georgia’s hospitalization and medical needs due to craniotomy followed by a clipping surgery to treat her aneurysms.
On November 3, 2020, Georgia was rushed to the hospital due to a sudden seizure and extremely severe headache with nausea and vomiting. Several laboratory tests and medical procedures were conducted to help determine the diagnosis. The CT Scan showed that she suffered from three aneurysms (aneurysm is the weakening of the artery walls of the brain which causes it to bulge which can leak or rupture causing a bleeding into the brain.) Two of the aneurysms bulged while the third one ruptured. On November 6, 2020, she had to immediately undergo a craniotomy followed by a clipping surgery to treat her aneurysm. The operation was successful. However, a week after the operation, she showed signs of speech and vision problems followed by a mild stroke affecting her motor skills. This week, she started her physical and speech therapies and has showed signs of improvement.
The cluster of expert physicians are now exerting their best efforts and interventions for Georgia’s fast recovery but this go with a high price. The costs of the surgery, hospitalization and extensive neurological recovery procedures including physical and speech therapies are estimated to reach at least Php 1,000,000 (US$ 20,830).
Georgia belongs to the Kankanaey indigenous people in Kayan, Tadian, Mountain Province. Her husband, Reynald, is also a longtime activist and currently a volunteer of the CPA Peoples Welfare Commission and the CPA provincial chapter in Benguet. Georgia and her husband have been serving the indigenous peoples in the Cordillera as development workers without regular income for more than three decades. They have a daughter who just started to raise a family of her own with her baby while staying with Georgia and Reynald. The family underwent a tragic incident on August 24, 2020 when their home in Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet was completely destroyed by fire. The family is still recovering from the unfortunate event when Georgia’s emergency situation happened.
Your support in the form of cash, material donations, and prayer for Georgia is highly valued and will go a long way in helping the whole family.
For cash donations via bank transfer, you may deposit to this bank account:
Name of Bank: Banco de Oro – Session Road Branch
Bank Address: National Life Building, Session Road, Baguio City
Account Name: Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Account Number: 005470161413
Account Description: Peso Savings Account
Swift/Routing Code: BNORPHMM
For inquiries, you may contact any of the following:
For the family: Ms. Neika Velasco, cellphone number +63 926 905 3852
CPA Contact: Ms. Aisah Mariano, Deputy Secretary General, +63 915 905 9387, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and may God bless you.