This is how horrible Typhoon Haiyan is. You can barely see the Philippines.
More than 10,000 lives were lost in the province of Leyte alone. Even with all the precautions and evacuations before Haiyan made landfall, it still didn’t turn out well. Our own president walked out of a disaster meeting out of frustration. If you were president, wouldn’t you feel frustrated that you are responsible for the lives of these people and yet there was nothing else you could do to lessen all that destruction?
I… don’t know how to react to this anymore. I wish I had more ways to help. The capital city of Manila was spared from the worst of the typhoon; I was lucky to be safe at home when my fellow Filipinos in the Visayas islands were going through something this horrible. First was a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and now this? This is too much.
I’m asking everyone reading this to please, please keep my beloved Philippines, especially Visayas, in your thoughts and prayers. Pray that we can rise above this situation. Vietnam is now facing the wrath of Haiyan, so please let’s keep Vietnam in our thoughts and prayers as well. Please.
To the international Tumblr community, if you want to help in other ways, here’s how:
- donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)
- donations via Habitat for Humanity
- donations via ANCOP Foundation USA
- donations via UNICEF Philippines
- donations via CARE Australia
- donations via Caritas Internationalis
- donations via GMA Network (credit card, cash, check)
- donations via World Vision. I am a child sponsor and it is devastating to know that my sponsored child has been affected by the typhoon.
- donations via AmeriCares
- donations via Samaritan’s Purse (Canada)
- donations via Canadian Red Cross (or you can text REDCROSS or ROUGE to 30333 to donate $5)
- donations via Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund
- donations via ShelterBox
- donations via The Catholic Relief Services
- donations via Save the Children
- donations via Aboitiz Foundation
- donations via my university, De La Salle University’s Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA)
- huggable toys for Tacloban children from November 8 to December 9 via The 1000 Bear Hugs Project. Drop-off points for pre-loved toys will be announced on their Twitter profile shortly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mon Corpuz at (0917)796-1378
Thank you very much.