In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”
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Just to add to this, because with UIUC’s Filipino Americans Coming Together conference this last weekend, these feelings of mine are still strong.
During FACT, we raised money for ARK (Advancement for Rural Kids), a program that feeds and gets kids back in school in the developing world. Our donations to them were directly impacting the kids in rural areas of the Philippines, and even when there’s a hole in the roof and it’s raining, they’re often hungry, and even though they have to share a tattered book with several other classmates, they still are happy to be there to get an education. Even more so than some kids I know in school in the US.
Basically, with $15 a kid is able to eat for an entire school year. We watched a video seeing how much the donations impacted their lives and how improved the schools looked.
But, it was heartbreaking after watching the video since we were informed that we had lost contact with the school and that it’s assumed the entire area was flooded. No school gardens. All of it was underwater. The kids have no school. And this was just one part of the area that was affected.
TLDR; They really need extra help. ANYTHING can help. Some people literally have nothing left. This disaster just hit close to home because I have family that still live in the Philippines and FACT reminded everyone just how unfortunate this situation is.