It’s almost a week now when the most catastrophic and destructive typhoon lambasted and swept across the eastern part of central Philippines. This typhoon had no reservation. No mercy. For seven days, international news coverage on the aftermath of this calamity are utterly devastating. So far the official death toll is 2,357 the numbers are expected to increase dramatically as the recovery effort intensifies. The survivors are now famished, thirsty, weak and ill. It’s almost easy to prefer death when there are no means to sustain survival. A calamity of this magnitude is always far more destructive when it happens to an inferior and impoverished country.
My empathy goes to all the Filipino victims. Loss of parents, children, brothers, sisters relatives and friends are shared amongst the survivors. In behalf of the Filipino victims, I plea for your compassion and find it a good feeling to donate to a dedicated charity such as The American Red Cross and UN World Food Programme.
This morning I received an email from the Director of the Philippine UN World Food Programme, Mr.Praveen Agrawal,( i posted his email below) He stated that their plane landed in the Philippines and has started the distribution of high energy biscuits to all victims . These efforts are made possible purely from voluntary and kind donations from people like you and me. Help knows no barrier, no boarder, no time, no race. Help is universal. Help is how we manifest the human compassion that naturally occurs in all of us.
My practice, BIOKINETIC assists the American Red Cross in its’ relief efforts to send rapid food, water and shelter to all the victims. In return, as a token of our appreciation, for every $100 donation, BIOKINETIC will grant the donor a free 1-hr Pilates Mat session at our practice location www.biokineticspt.com . Thank you all.
Oliver Jay Realino
Director of Physical Therapy
Email from the Director of United Nations World Food Programme, Mr. Praveen Agrawal:
Dear Oliver Jay --
Shocking. There were no other words to describe the scene when I first landed in Tacloban, Philippines. Homes, streets, entire neighborhoods swept away. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
You’ve probably seen it yourself on the news. But there’s a personal side to this disaster that you haven’t heard.
I met a man in Tacloban who was caught in the first storm surge that hit his village, carrying him inland only to then be dragged out to sea. When the surge ended, he found himself on a beach 12 kilometers away from his home. Bruised and battered, this man had been through hell.
Others are facing a different kind of hell. I’ve heard reports that some families are missing as many as 30 loved ones. It’s devastating – simply devastating.
But the people here are resilient. They are strong. The United Nations and our partners are going to help Filipino families pick up the pieces. And thanks to your generosity, the World Food Programme has already started – mobilizing high energy biscuits in the first phase of our emergency response.
Right now, some of my team are sleeping on the floor of a police station – one of the only buildings still standing. They’re resilient too.
We’ll be here as long as we’re needed. And we’re thankful that your support is here with us.
Country Director, Philippines
World Food Programm
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