Recently, Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) shook our country hard. While we here in Manila may have been unscathed, what has been gradually surfacing over the internet and from the media is giving us a rather bleak picture of the situation in the Visayas, most especially the eastern portions of the region. It breaks my heart to see Tacloban in the news; it’s a city I’ve visited before that has friendly people and much progress. Now, I only see photos of corpses and debris buried under the mud.
Relief operations, most notably from the Philippine Red Cross, have already been mobilized, but the damage is so widespread that millions are believed to have been affected. Further, apart from entire cities and towns destroyed, more than a thousand have been recorded to be dead, and the death toll is expected to rise as more isolated towns are heard from.
That being said, indulge me as I make an appeal to help our country, especially to those who read this blog from outside the Philippines. We need your help, so we can rise and rebuild.
I’ve found a worthy cause at Waves for Water. Instead of donating bulky bottles of water, they are providing compact and economical filtration systems that could process as many as one million gallons per filter. And being a registered organization in the United States, Waves for Water accepts donations from anywhere in the world through credit and debit cards.
Please donate to Waves for Water and help my fellowmen who currently have no access to potable water. Here’s the link: www.wavesforwater.org/project/typhoon-haiyan.
For other ways to help Yolanda victims, check out this Tumblr post by Ros Juan.