Finally, I was able to reach to my mom and dad yesterday. Thank God they are okay. My mom told me that part of our roof was blown off and it’s flooding inside the house. She’s been having a hard time sleeping at night because of fear that someone will enter our house to steal or harm them. People are hungry. Looting and stealing are starting to rise. I know theft is wrong but I can’t blame them for their desperation. Government Aid in Capiz did not come timely to many especially in isolated rural areas. Children are crying cold and starving at night. Electricity will be down for about 3 months. We had to cut short our conversation because she needs to go with dad to buy kerosene. She said, “It’s only 3 P.M. but it’s already getting dark.” She also added, “It was the worst typhoon in Capiz history. We thought it was the end of the world.” I felt helpless. I wish there was something I could say to make it better although I have a feeling, at that moment, she simply wanted to express all the bottled fear and uncertainty in her heart.
My sister and I are gathering our resources to send whatever help we can. My mom told me before we ended our phone conversation, “The fixing of the roof and other damages will cost a lot. We don’t know where to begin. We don’t have much resources and we can only fix one section of the house at a time. We heard there’s another typhoon coming. I’m scared.” I wish I was there to be with her and my dad during this very difficult time. For now, I will try to help them in whatever way I can. To continue praying that they will be safe, healthy and have the means to sustain the hard days ahead.
Everyone I know here in America, especially in Houston who has a family in Roxas and Capiz are also experiencing a similar fear and concern. It is a dark time for my town and it’s people but knowing everyone is trying to help and reach out gives us a feeling of comfort and relief. There is hope. There is light to guide our way back to recovery. I know it is not easy but as one family and one global community, I believe in time, every prayer will be heard. That a piece of joy will come just in time for Christmas.
Capiz, Tacloban and other places devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda will rise again because the world over, there are men and women whose hearts are truly generous and caring. Whose support and prayers echoes throughout the four corners of the globe. Because of them and all Filipinos working together, this darkness will come to pass and light will prevail once more.
There are so many ways to help. CNN and other news station shared many links of agencies that are currently helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Each one can be an angel and a hero to these little ones who are continually praying, waiting, hoping, believing.
I joined a co-worker in a fundraising effort to support ShelterBox, providing emergency shelter with basic disaster response tools which is badly needed in the wake of this horrific event. For all my WordPress family who wish to help provide a roof for the many homeless and orphaned by Typhoon Haiyan here’s my link Team ShelterBox Campaign – Support Mr. B ” Island Traveler “. Please check out this YouTube video called ShelterBox: Responding To Typhoon Haiyan for an overview of what this amazing project is all about. ShelterBox responds to all calamities worldwide with boxes ready to deploy internationally.
This weekend, my family and I will do a fundraising at my son’s Soccer community for my town in Capiz for immediate needs like food and water. We’ll be selling chocolates, cookies, coffee and juices. My son will share his toys and personalized Lego creations to help out raise more donations. He hopes to bring a piece of joy to all children like him in the Philippines. I am both anxious and excited. It’s my first. It’s our first. I am happy though that my family is all eager to support me on this.
On behalf of all Filipinos, I thank you all for your prayers, thoughtfulness and generosity. For the many countries and individuals who helped the Philippines faced it’s most terrifying tragedy, thank you so much. For the social media and news agencies who constantly keep everyone informed and updated, who speaks for those whose cries can not be heard, thank you. For the men and women who are part of the many agencies trying to help in whatever way they can, thank you. God bless you all.
My sister reminded me yesterday of something I used to hear growing up, “When you give generously to God and his children, he gives back not just ten fold but a hundred fold. Whether in kind or other forms of blessing like good health, inner peace, love, happiness or unity among your family, God gives back more than you can imagine.” I was quiet for a second, sinking it all in. Then I replied, “So true sis, thanks for helping me remember.”
Thank you to all my blogger family who thought about me, my family and of the country I will always call home, the Philippines.
I apologize if my response to your comments are bit delayed. I will catch up as soon as I can. For now, time to call mom and dad. I will sure share with them the well wishes and prayers you all offered for them. God bless…
- ‘State of National Calamity’ declared in Philippines following super typhoon Haiyan – @YahooNews (anc.yahoo.com)
- If These Aerial Photos Of Typhoon Haiyan Don’t Move You, Not Much Will
- Typhoon Haiyan/Typhoon Yolanda Recovery: How You Can Help- CBS News
- How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors- Huffington Post
- How To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survovors- CNN.com
- Glimpses of devastation a day after ‘Yolanda’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Palace launches relief, rescue and rehab mission in Visayas after ‘Yolanda’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Aquino declares state of nat’l calamity (rappler.com)
- Super Typhoon Haiyan (YOLANDA) (joegergoforit.wordpress.com)
- Vancouver Filipinos pray for loved ones as typhoon slams Philippines (vancouversun.com)
- The latest on deaths, damage in Philippine typhoon (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
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- Pictures Speak (thismansjourney.net)