BENEFITING: UNICEF USA
We are a group of friends who are raising funds for UNICEF Philippines to assist the children and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. As you already know, the Philippines was in the direct path of what locals like to call a “supertyphoon”--possibly the strongest in recorded history--which has caused quite a number of casualties and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless.
Some of us were born and raised in the Philippines. It is true that Filipinos are used to dealing with calamities as we get a whole variety of them (typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions..!), but Typhoon Haiyan is unlike anything the country has ever seen and will take years to recover from.
It is alarming to see how widespread the damage is. Infrastructure in some towns were even completely wiped out, and that includes people's homes, schools and hospitals. Even more heartbreaking are the stories of fellow Filipinos who lost their children, parents, relatives and friends in the deluge. Survivors have been placed in evacuation camps, and are in dire need of food, shelter, medicine and clean drinking water.
Some of the most vulnerable during this crisis are children, who, without food, shelter and medicine, become more prone to sickness everyday. There have also been reports of orphaned children just milling around in devastated areas without people to care for them.
This is where your contribution to UNICEF comes in. UNICEF's response to the tragedy involves transporting food, water purification systems, hygiene kits, emergency health kits to the affected areas (the entire Region 8 of Eastern Visayas). They are also putting up feeding centers to fight malnutrition, tents to house day care and learning centers to keep children safe from violence, as well as facilities to care for nursing and birthing mothers. UNICEF is also working with local government units to identify children who have been displaced or lost their families.
Any donation, big or small, is very much welcome and appreciated. Please also take the time out to raise awareness on how to help. Tell your families, friends and colleagues, and get them to contribute. Our country, the Philippines, needs your help badly.
Thank you and much love!
"After traveling through the city, I reported back to colleagues in Manila with a few bars of phone signal I could get in this one spot I found. There’s no need to assess anymore, I told them. These people here have lost everything. They need everything." - Nonoy Fajardo, UNICEF Philippines