A few updates for you:
Our point person in Leyte is Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the Saint Scholastica Order which runs the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. She is also a doctor of medicine. We connected with her through the Kapampangan Development Foundation and Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez which runs the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC).
knowing the outpouring of immediate disaster relief, via large and small organizations alike, we are mindful of the fact that people will have long-term problems and there will be a host of medical concerns related to such calamities for a very long time. We also know that many of these organizations are for disaster relief. Our role is long term. We don't just want to give hand-outs (which is surely needed now). We want to help in self-sustinence.
we want to target areas affected by the typhoon but not publicized in the news
we realize that these natural disasters are guaranteed to happen again, esp. in this part of the world. We are trying to find ways to help Filipinos be better prepared for the next one
we have received the acknowledgement and cooperation of numerous individuals and organizations, too many to mention here, and many of you who are receiving this email. Each and everyone who has donated will be acknowledged individually.
we are making 100% sure that your donation goes to the right person and project. The enthusiasm and commotion going on currently is heartening but can also become confusing.
our work is year round. Please remember that we continue even when the media and disaster relief organizations have left, and to consider a tax-deductible donation even when there isn't a calamity with the magnitude of Haiyan.
The Love for Life Foundation believes in working together with other groups in the United States and in the Philippines to make more of an impact. Our key contacts in the Philippines are the Kapampangan Development Foundation, led by Mr. Ben Ricafort and directed by Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez. They run the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center, a charity hospital (see project 2268) that is located on an island north of the area affected by Typhoon Haiyan. One of the many projects they are diligently working on is getting materials such as galvanized iron to rebuild the roofs of people's homes. Our direct contact in the island of Leyte is Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the St.Scholastica order that runs the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. She is also a doctor and will be our point person on the ground.
The Love For Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America, www.theloveforlife.org, realizes that recovery will take a long time. Dr. Joycelyn A. Datu has been traveling to the Philippines yearly on medical missions and overseeing the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC). The reason the JADMC was built in 2008 was because Dr. Datu's late father, Dr. Jesus A. Datu, realized that medical missions and relief help are temporary occurrences. People with great intentions come and go but what happens in the long term?
We are here for the long haul, not just to give, but to help people help themselves in the rebuilding process. This job is not an easy one, but with your help, we can make some progress.
The news media did an excellent job of covering the chaos of Typhoon Yolanda and telling the world how much of a true catastrophe this has been. This report sadly admits that attentionto our part of the world will begin to wane in the next few days and weeks, as these things naturally do. This is a reminder that the poor infrastructure, political corruption, geographical obstacles, and preexisting poverty in the Philippines will make this a very long and difficult process. Most people who can afford it are trying to leave the area and those who are staying are struggling to survive. Thank you for trusting us in ensuring that your hard-earned money will go to the right places. Please remember that we will need your help for a long time and to pass this information on to others.
As of today, we have connected with Sr. Eloisa David, a nun who is also a doctor. She and the St. Scholastica nuns run the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. They will be the ones who will help us distribute the food, water, clothing, and building materials that your donations will provide. We will try to repair the roofs of homes that are still standing so people have shelter. We plan to reach out to the rural and outlying areas, Samar, Cebu and other islands affected by Yolanda. Please share our information to your friends, co-workers, and colleagues who may want to help. Media coverage will fade soon but recovery will take years.
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