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General · 15th November 2013
Carol Foort
Quadra Philippines Connection News and Typhoon Relief Fund!
The recent news of Typhoon Haiyan's destruction in the Philippines has been heart-wrenching! Each year the villages that Quadra supports through our Philippines Connection are hit hard with seasonal typhoons, but this has been by far the worst! Following several days without word, we were finally able to hear from IAT Philippines through a brief communication. The following summarizes the current situation:
Although the Northern Philippines and other rural areas were not devastated by the recent typhoon as were parts of the southern Philippines, the torrential rains have resulted in a number of landslides in the mountain areas thus cutting off transportation of basic commodities as well as communication.
IAT’s staff report that most of the crops throughout have been flattened and destroyed by the strong winds and rain. It is predicted that within a month or so there will be serious food shortages and the need for repair and reconstruction of some homes. IAT’s staff and some people’s organizations are mobilizing communities hardest hit and trying to aid those in greatest need.
The major concern, at present, is to teach the people to plant crops that can be harvested in a short time to provide for sustenance in the immediate future when their present rice and bean supplies run out. At the same time they are planning and educating the local people for long term sustainability.
The staff have pointed out that the foreign aid is all going into the hardest hit areas like Tacloban, Leyte, Samar and Cebu that have received the media coverage, but the whole of the Philippines has been affected. The marginalized people in the rural and mountain areas are receiving no help because they do not get the media attention.
Donations are needed to provide rice and other foods and seeds for replanting those crops that were destroyed as well as for transportation to bring food to those in greatest need.
Fortunately, due to the huge success of our annual Giant Garage Sale, the Quadra Philippines Connection has a surplus fund for emergency situations. Therefore, along with our regular annual contribution, we are in the process
of sending an additional $1.500 for Typhoon relief to be used where needed.
Personal donations from concerned Quadra islanders are also being received which will be added to that amount. Contributions can be deposited in the Quadra Philippines Connection Typhoon Relief account at the Quadra branch of Coastal Community Credit Union. Donations over $10 dollars are eligible for a tax receipt by contacting cfoortyahoo.com and giving your mailing address.
The Quadra Philippines Connection will also be contributing $500 to the Red Cross Relief Fund for the southern areas that have been affected. This contribution is also being made through the Quadra Credit Union.
We look forward to having an update in the near future on how our friends in the Philippines are coping with this most recent catastrophe.
Thank you
Comment by Debbie on 16th November 2013
Carol, Thank you for organizing this and for CARING about our friends in the Philippines. I know this takes both time and effort.
Mother Nature always has the upper hand and we can only respond. One day it could be us! Let's hope others will care!