I was supposed to post this last night but a certain little baby kept me up, so I am late. Nonetheless, I hope it still helps somehow!
As I write this, I am safe and sound in our little apartment here in Manila, nursing my almost six-month-old baby, while my two other children are across the street at their grandmother’s house. My heart is still aching after watching the evening news, seeing images of and hearing about the plight of thousands of our countrymen who are victims of the recent major earthquake in the Western Visayas. This… just as thousands of other Filipinos in Northern Luzon are recovering from the wrath of Typhoon Santi.
While I don’t have to worry about what my children will eat tomorrow, many are wondering how they will appease their children’s ever-growing hunger. The news reports earlier showed victims feeding days-old leftover rice and sugar to their children.
While I don’t have to think about where to get safe, clean water for our family to use in bathing and using the toilet, cooking and drinking, many are thirsty and waiting for the water that will come with relief donations.
While I and my family will sleep soundly tonight, with a roof over our heads, and walls to keep the cold and rain and other unwanted elements out, many are out in the open, sleeping in tents, makeshift shelters or under trees — many of them are sick, patients of hospitals that have been damaged by the massive earthquake.
People are growing desperate as food, water and medicine are quickly running out. As of this evening, aftershocks are still being felt in the affected areas, making relief and rescue operations difficult.
Once again, our people are in need of help.
Despite what has happened, let us not be shaken. Let us rise as a country and help those in need.
Here is a list of ways to help the Western Visayas earthquake victims:
Rappler has compiled information on how people can help through cash and in-kind donations here. The list is always being updated.
My friend and fellow blogger, Fleire Castro, who is based in Cebu, is helping relief efforts by sharing information. She told me that the best way to help if you’re thinking of donating cash is via the Philippine Red Cross. Fleire also provided these links for relief good donations: For relief goods, document: http://goo.gl/gB8uGb map: http://goo.gl/VNNWB .
TenMinutes.ph, a Cebu-based social news website, came out with a list of 1o things most needed by earthquake victims in Bohol, for easy reference on what relief goods are most needed.
Our community, Couples for Christ (CFC), is also accepting donations.
I have permission from our Executive Director, George Campos, to share the memo he sent out to the CFC global community with other people, even outside CFC. According to him, these are the initial plans:
The initial reports coming from Bohol are request for food, water and basic commodities.For the short term, we are sending money to our CFC brethren there to buy, repack and distribute the goods.We are now sending water purifier jerry cans so any water can be filtered and drank. This will be very helpful for those without access to drinking water.In a week or two, a medical team will be sent.In a month, we would be sending our doctors and psychologists for post traumatic counseling. Goods from the USA would be arriving for distribution.For the long term, we still need to see and discuss what specific actions we need to undertake. Hopefully we get the much needed funds to help rebuild houses.
To access the memo, which contains details on how to donate, just click here.
Gawad Kalinga has also activated its Operation: Walang Iwanan for both the #EarthquakePH and Typhoon Santi victims. Click here for more details.
Kindermusik Teacher Suzette Yu-Kho is also accepting donations for the earthquake victims at her studio. Details below:
I hope that we can do what we can to help our brothers and sisters in need. Now, more than ever, it’s time to put our faith into action. God bless us all!
(Note: All photos by Robert Michael Poole are used with permission.)
Do you want to help the Western Visayas earthquake victims? Please do what you can to do so. And if you think sharing this post will help, please feel free to do so, too! God bless you for your kindness and generosity!