I believe everything has been said and reported about the recent catastrophe, Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, that struck the Philippines. I, too, have a lot of thoughts about it but I don’t want to dwell on those anymore. I am overwhelmed with all the help coming from the other countries and the unity and camaraderie of the Filipinos from different parts of the globe.
We have extended family who live in Tacloban too and days after the typhoon struck, we were happy to receive news that they were all safe. Fumigation and disinfection will take place in Tacloban on Saturday and they are looking at temporarily relocating to Cebu.
My high school batchmates and I have asked for help from people that we know for funds, goods, and clothes that we will send to Capiz, a part of Panay Island that was also grossly destroyed by the supertyphoon. We have gathered some boxes so far and tomorrow, we will gather to pack them into loot bags.
On the other hand, my college batch, Angeli Beati Domini also organized a drive to help those who were affected. My fellow angels and I have planned to collect P100 each from our batch. We are planning to give out hygiene kits and medicines, clothes, and also water and food.
It’s just sad that sometimes someone can come up with this something like this:
Nevertheless, lots of help are coming in from different parts of the world. However, the country still needs more for temporary shelter, healthcare, and rehabilitation of the provinces that were affected. There are lots of ways on how to help:
Even men with strong personality cry over the news and the pictures going viral on social media. If there’s one thing to be thankful for amidst this national crisis, it’s the bayanihan spirit that is overflowing. I know God is watching over us and I know we’ll everything will be better in time. Fellow Filipinos, let’s keep on helping and praying.
And to those who have already extended their helping hand,
- Glimpses of devastation a day after ‘Yolanda’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Philippines needs your help (wordsquaresandcoffee.wordpress.com)
- Your Help Needed – Philippines (legendsofwindemere.com)