It has been a few days since Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda) barreled through the Philippines, specifically the Visayas Region. Like Filipinos everywhere, I am heartbroken over what happened to these people. You all know what happened and so many things had been said the past few days on the web/news/social media – both necessary and unnecessary – so I will no longer elaborate on what happened and how I feel (because I honestly don’t know how to put it into words). But the bottom line is there is only one thing to do: help in whatever way you can. Even the smallest donation will go a long way.
Some people I know have formed a group collecting relief goods that will be sent to the Philippines with the help of LBC. For any donations such as canned goods (those that do not need can openers), dry food, bed sheets, towels, medicines, boxes (to be used to post these donations), etc. here in Sydney, you can look for the Sydneysiders Relief for Yolanda Victims event on facebook.
For those residing here in Australia, these are some agencies/groups that you can contact if you want to donate money:
If you’re looking for friends or family who were in the Visays Region or have any information about someone, you can use Google Person Finder.
Sending my prayers to everyone in the Philippines and to those who have family and friends affected by this horrific disaster.