Photo Credit: Asia America Initiative
In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Manila was completely covered in water at the peak of the floods, shutting down shops, schools, and stores. Food is currently in short supply as the rice fields were turned into useless mush.
Here is the good news: Your donations have already provided $4000 to the Asia America Initiative, who has used this money to provide water purification systems, fever reducing medicine and warm blankets. Asia America’s long term impact will help to prevent disease from spreading and at risk persons from exposure to the now harsh environment. To learn more about their project, click here.
Our other partners are also helping the people of the Philippines get back on their feet.
Architecture for Humanity is supporting long-term recovery and disaster mitigation efforts by identifying reconstruction projects for those most in need. Their project’s link can be found here.
Merlin USA is working to deliver hygiene kits and emergency health care supplies to over 300 families. Merlin is also working to raise awareness about the spread of disease through evacuation shelters. To find out more, click on their project’s link here.
The United States Fund for UNICEF has assessed the need in the Philippines and is requesting donations for portable toilets, temporary shelter, child registration and child counseling services. You can visit their project page here.
De La Salle University is currently engaged with student volunteers preparing food packages and basic necessities to be shipped to priority areas. Their project can be found by clicking on this link here.
If you would like to donate to the GlobalGiving fund, the donations given to the fund will be divided according to the need of each of the organizations listed above. You can access our Philippines Flood Relief Fund here.
GlobalGiving and our partners have begun to respond, and will continue to respond to this immediate need for basic necessities such as food, clean water, and shelter. When a disaster hits, people’s daily lives are knocked off balance. You have the ability to restore that balance, both in the short term and in the long term. Small items, such as a fever reducing pill, have a huge impact. The city of Manila will eventually need to be re-built by experienced architects, and they cannot do it alone. Please visit all of our Philippines Flood Relief Projects here.
Thank you once again for your generous support!