This post deserves a space in my blog. I really hope you could take some time to read. This year, the Philippines experienced different calamities. After the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol & Cebu provinces last October 15, the Philippines was currently struck by a strong typhoon, Yolanda which is said to be one of the strongest, and possibly the strongest cyclone in history. The typhoon affected millions of people and had taken away lives (est. 10,000 according to the authorities) and devastated lots of shelters; knocked out power and communications in several provinces. That was very tragic and heartbreaking :( Another tropical depression entered our country today. Imagine, it arrived just days after the super-typhoon. The affected provinces were still under recovery and I heard that it will take at least 2 months to fix the power. But how about the damages? It really hurts to see people screaming for help, yearning for their lost family members, traumatized and all.
I hope you could help us especially the victims through prayers. However, if you want to donate, here are the possible ways to do so.
The mGive Foundation is collecting donations from U.S. wireless subscribers, who can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the organization’s Philippines Typhoon Diaster Relief Fund. Charges will appear on the user’s wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Text STOP to 80108 to stop or HELP for assistance. Full terms are available here.
UNICEF is supporting relief efforts by helping displaced families find access to shelter, clean water, food and vaccines and airlifting $1.3 million of additional supplies from its Copenhagen warehouse. You can donate online, call 1-800-367-5437 or text RELIEF to 864233.
The Philippine Red Cross is providing a tracking service for family members looking for missing people. The organization is accepting donations on its website (100 PHP = $2.30) and is looking for volunteers to help assemble relief packages at its headquarters in Manila.
The American Red Cross has also activated a family-tracking service for those looking for a missing family member in the Philippines. Donors can send a check to their local chapter, indicating “Philippines Typhoons and Floods” in the memo line.
The World Food Programme is mobilizing 40 metric tons of high-energy biscuits and additional relief supplies, but it is also accepting donations online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 or +39-06-65131 from outside the U.S.
CARE is accepting donations on its website and has deployed workers to the Philippines to assist with emergency relief. You can donate by phone at 1-800-521-2273 or +1-404-681-2252 for international calls.
Oxfam has emergency responders on the ground to assist with relief support. The organization is asking for contributions to its Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund online.
International Medical Corps is also on the ground to help assess damage and is accepting donations on its emergency-response page for Haiyan relief.
ChildFund International is distributing clean water, food, blankets and other emergency aid items. Staff members are also setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to offer counseling and relief for children and their families. Donate online.
Doctors Without Borders has had 15 members of an emergency team in Cebu since Saturday. The organization is sending more staff to assist with medical and psychological treatment as well as items such as medical kits, vaccines and hygiene kits over the next few days. An additional cargo with an inflatable hospital and medical material is being prepared to leave later this week. Donate online.
The International Rescue Committee has also dispatched a team of aid workers to assist in assessing the damage and providing access to clean water and hygiene and sanitation needs. The organization is asking for donations online. (Source: http://world.time.com/2013/11/10/how-to-help-typhoon-victims/)
However, some issues continue to rise that we are being punished by the Lord. No, we aren’t. God has a reason for everything and we understand it. We know God will never leave us. He will make us tougher and braver. I believe that we, Filipinos, can overcome all the trials we are facing and will be facing. “KALAMIDAD KA LANG, PILIPINO KAMI” (You’re just a calamity, we are Filipinos). At the end of the dark road, there you’ll see the three stars & a sun rising. After the hardships, we could still stand up. Filipinos would not give up just because of those catastrophes. We are strong, we are brave, we will stand, we will face all the problems with a smile on our faces. #ProudPinoy In behalf of all the Filipinos, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all the prayers & donations and for those who volunteer. MARAMING SALAMAT PO (thank you very much). May God bless you all. Kindly continue to pray.
Also, this video made me cry: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151795169964423
LORD, HEAL OUR LAND<3