Good samaritanThe Bible's parable of the good samaritan serves as Jesus' answer to the question "who is my neighbor?" It functions as a constant reminder that we are keepers of one another.

It is only in rare occassions that we get to meet people who would choose to help others --especially others who that person knows could never pay them back.

In one of our usual 15-minute stops we were privileged to meet a homemaker who became a good samaritan to refugees of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

63-year old Constancia Enuayon of Paranas, Samar runs a roadside canteen that opened its doors to refugees from Tacloban in the days following typhoon Yolanda's landfall.

She recalls how thankful she was that their area was spared from the deadly onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda because of the trees that served as a protective barrier to the strong winds that pummeled them, even though their roof was blown off they were quick to recover. It was a really scary experience even though the storm's strong winds lasted only 3 hours.

"In all my life I've never expected a storm as strong as Yolanda. I once thought that something that intense and that destructive was impossible.

"In the days following the super typhoon, the road was filled with survivors and refugees and all that I could feel at the sight of them was come to tears. It is this overwhelming feeling that needs to be met and it made me and my family open our doors to the many people who went and asked for help. We provided them food, water a place to take a bath and do laundry."

She was well aware that their service would never be paid back by the refugees, it was her burden of seeing them downtrodden that stirred her to take action and provide whatever meager service she could provide.

It is interesting that in the past few days that I've been with the Climate Walk, we have lived in the company of generous people within the communities we passed along the way--a striking contrast to the contempt of industrialized nations whose economies benefited from the massive burning of fossil fuels that brought us this climate crisis.

Good Samaritan

Constancia's deed is just among the many who were compelled by a deep understanding of shared humanity that came about from the people who pitched in to help in the relief efforts shortly following typhoon Yolanda.

Our walk seeks to follow through on that by ensuring that her story and many others weigh in the debate concerning our future in the coming climate talks in Peru.