I live in Manila, and therefore was not affected by the super typhoon Yolanda aka Haiyan. But news of the places affected in mid-Visayas break my heart every day. If you would like to help us recover from a typhoon that was stronger than Hurricane Katrina, I can recommend the following options:
Donate to the Red Cross.
Local folk can text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart). Repeat tomorrow, and the day after that, until we’re okay again.
Or donate using Paypal or your credit card through this link: http://ushare.redcross.org.ph. Select Supertyphoon Yolanda (HAIYAN) from the campaign dropdown.
Donate to Habitat for Humanity
Innumerable homes were lost, and I think Habitat for Humanity can use all the help it can get. Find out details here: http://www.give2habitat.org/philippines/ReBuildPhilippines.
Monitor the Relief Efforts via http://www.reliefph.com
A good friend has dedicated her life to giving as much help as she can get for the people in the Visayas to get relief, find shelter, find their loved ones. Items posted are categorized per location, so that you can go straight to the news you need, including centers where you can go to volunteer.
Buy some art
Another good friend is donating all her Society 6 sales for November to Yolanda relief. If you were trying to decide whether to donate to the relief efforts or to buy Christmas presents for your family, you can do both at once. This is her link: http://society6.com/fraulala/Relief-for-Typhoon-YolandaHaiyan-Victims
Thank you to everyone who has tried as much as they could to help, even those who can only spare PhP5.00. My good news for today was hearing the Australian government was going to send pop up clinics in the ravaged areas and will fly those with the worst conditions to get treated in Darwin, which is 4 hours away. I suppose after seeing Anderson Cooper’s CNN report, other nations are slowly figuring out the best ways to help, based on lack.
On day 6 of Typhoon Yolanda, I am quite disheartened by how slow it has been to help these affected areas. But I haven’t given up hope. I read this heartwarming story on FB involving these street kids stopping a lady at a grocery to include their contribution to the relief efforts – a can of sardines, a pair of rubber slippers, and some money to buy bread – they worried that if they sent the bread from where they were, it would just get squashed in the journey over. Stories like that just make you want to keep going, don’t they?