Helping our friends in the Philippines
Like many around the world, we at Spoken have been stunned by the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan last week. As of today, news reports state that the death toll is between 2,000-2,500 people, while more than 650,000 people have been displaced.
On the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) news website, you can see the extent of damaged caused by Haiyan, especially in the costal city of Tacloban.
It is hard to picture what life will look like in the weeks and months to come for the Filipino people affected by this devastating tragedy. While we are grateful and relieved to hear that most of our friends and partners in Manila are safe, our hearts still ache with them for their friends, family and country. The road to rebuilding much of what was lost is long, and we commit to helping our partners there on this journey.
We at Spoken are donating to the Red Cross to help out. Want to help? There are tons of organizations established to give both immediate and long-term aid:
Red Cross Philippines: The local chapter of the Red Cross worked to help prepare people in costal areas before Haiyan hit and continues to administer immediate aide to people. Currently they working with the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide meals, shelter, blankets and other immediate aid to people.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines: Currently helping to provide temporary shelter to many displaced people, Habitat is also raising funds for long-term help. The end goal is for funds to provide Cleaning Kits to 50,000 families, Shelter Repair Kits to 30,000 families and 10,000 Core Houses.
World Vision: With offices in the Philippines since the 1950s, this humanitarian organization states it is often one of the first on the ground to administer aid when disasters hit. Their site shows what your donations can provide to families as they distribute hygiene kits, mosquito nets and safe places for children during times like this. Their goal is for long-term aid in order to assist families to “recover, rebuild and prepare for the next disaster.”
UNICEF: The national aid organization that works to aid children in situations of poverty and illness worldwide. To assist with recovery from Haiyan, UNICEF is working to bring in water purification tablets, nutrition supplements and other essential needs to the Philippines.
World Food Program: As a branch of the United Nations, the World Food Program works year round towards ending global hunger. During disaster situations like Haiyan, local chapters work to provide to immediate needs to affected communities.
This is a time when we can all reach out and help a little bit. Please join us in helping out those displaced by this terrible event.