If you know me, you probably know about this organization I work with. You probably know about my opinion on charities in general. I am traditionally very skeptical about most non profits, so when I say that The 24 Foundation has my full and unconditional support I want to make it clear how difficult that is to get.
There have been a lot of global tragedies in my lifetime. A lot of people have died because of simply living in a different country. Most of us in America will never know that kind of misfortune and I believe that it's our responsibility as fellow humans to show our support in any practical way we can.
I have been fortunate enough to be selected as part of the group that will be going to the affected area and aiding in the rebuilding process along with working with any children that have undergone trauma from the storm.
In order for me to go, I need your help raising money. $3,000 actually. I have the opportunity to actually make a difference in people's lives, and I am finally in a position to make the most of that opportunity. Now you have an actual way to know that any money you donate will be going to the proper channels. Please, I urge you to give anything you can, even sharing a link to this page will help. Too many of us will simply post briefly about how sad a tragedy like this is and then pat ourselves on the back about our social awareness until the next one hits, while people still live in shambles forgotten by the world of social media. If you want to help make a real tangible difference, then help me make one I can tell you about when I get back.
I'll be taking pictures of everything we do, and I will learn the names of families whose lives will be better because of us. This means a lot to me, I hope that translates. Please continue reading for a detailed outline of the trip from The 24 Foundation.
24 FOUNDATION wrote -
As many of you know about the disaster that Typhoon Haiyan caused mass destruction in the Philippines. Although there are many foreign relief efforts being sent to Tacloban, a few outlying islands are not receiving as much attention. We want to remedy that.
We, at The 24 Foundation plan to take a team of experienced volunteers to the Bantayan Island, located near the island of Cebu. This rural island has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and most of its residents are still without food, water, and adequate shelter. Disease and infection are spreading at alarming rates due to the constant rain and the inability to stay dry.
The 24 team, in partnership with The Peace Project and Bangon Bantayanons, will be rebuilding homes for the people of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island. We will also be doing a portion of our arts for healing program called CATALYST with the children of Bantayan. The arts program will be a way for the kids and teens to process their experience of the typhoon and the after effects of the disaster.
We are seeking donations to fund our trip and with the surplus, we would love to help the community with whatever their needs may be. From generators to crank operated flashlights, we will work closely with the local aid group of Bangon Bantayanons to help the people of Bantayan the best way possible. Our tentative date to leave is January 15th-Febuary 1st with 12 days focused on rebuilding and 2 days working with the children.
One of our goals is to raise $8,000 by December 10th so we can purchase our tickets and the rest by the time of our trip. We need your help to make this aid project a reality.