Paul Ramos Relief Fund
Organized by: Paul Ramos
On July 16th, my family and many other families and neighbors lost all or part of their homes and most of their belongings in a typhoon that hit the Philippines. Typhoon Glenda swept through the neighborhood of Santa Isabel in San Pablo City sparing lives but not homes or belongings. Many families survived with only the clothes on their backs.
It's been nearly one month now and many families have begun to pick up the pieces. Neighbors are helping neighbors and there is a strong determination to build back their community. Food and water are getting delivered to the area and families are pulling together in this time of need. The shock and realization that many of the homes and community buildings were destroyed or damaged has begun to set in.
Our family has lived in this community for over fifty years. My 76 year old mom raised me and my sister in this house. She is now helping to raise and care for her 5 grandchildren and her great granddaughter. She and my sister grow their own vegetables, raise chickens and pigs and my mom goes to the senior center many times each week. This was thier livelihood and it is all but gone.
My mom is determined to stay and rebuild as are many of her neighbors. I want to help her and other families to do just that. I was born and raised in Santa Isabel and moved to Los Angels at the age of 17 to live with my father. I visited my childhood home in January of this year and can't believe it is gone. I have talked to family and friends everyday since the typhoon. My nephews and nieces who call me Tito Paul ask me to tell people what happened to us. They want to know when am I going to be able to help. So I keep telling them help is on the way.
Many of the homes in Santa Isabel are made of bamboo and wood with tin roofs. The houses are very simple but adequate for the families that live there. The plan is to build back stronger so the houses can better withstand the storms.
I am asking for your help in a three ways:
First and foremost my family and neighbors need your prayers.
Secondly, I am asking for financial support to help my family and other families that lost so much. 100% of all donations received will go to my family and the people of Santa Isabel. The money will help to buy building materials, furniture, and household goods. In addition, your gift will go towards school clothes, personal hygiene items, diapers and toys. And last but not least we want to replace the livestock such as chickens, roosters and pigs that were lost in the storm as well as farming equipment. The need is immediate and great--any amount will help.
Lastly, if you could share this with your friends, co-workers and family members through Facebook, Twitter or word of mouth. Any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless.