Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan in the Philippines

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I know this isn’t the quote you’re looking for. But I’m posting this on this blog because I know it will reach more people than my personal one.

The picture above is my lovely happy strong lola (grandmother) who lives in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines, the province which was hit the hardest by Typhoon Haiyan (locally, Yolanda) last week.

It has been a week of torturing agony and panic for my mother who had wanted to immediately fly to Leyte to find her own mother. But because the province is in striking devastation, one cannot simply fly there and look for lost family. My mother has been crying constantly, worrying about the life of lola.

Thank the Lord for the news that arrived last night. LOLA HAS BEEN FOUND. SHE IS ALIVE. She, her husband and their son, have been saved from the wrath of the super storm. But with all the relief it has brought us, knowing that they are now without a home, without source of food and clean water, without a livelihood, the situation is still heartbreaking.

Even if we wanted to send them money, the banks and money-couriers are closed indefinitely. There are no stores to buy food and water from. I only pray that their skills in the farm, plus help from neighbors and the government there, will allow them to live and recover from this storm, until we can finally personally attend to their needs.

So if you are reading this, wherever you are in the world, there are many others like my lola who are starving due to Typhoon Haiyan. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen all the heartbreaking coverage of CNN in Tacloban, Leyte. But there are lot of other places in dire need of your help.

Please, please, please, HELP THEM. HELP US HELP THEM. Internationally, below are the links in CNN and Huffington Post where you can send your donations. You can help thru Red Cross, Salvation Army, World Food Programme, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, etc.

Thank you.

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