Prayers to Philippines From Around the World

November 10, 2013

Photo from The Telegraph 2013












Numerous fund raisers for victims of the Philippine typhoon are taking place across the United States. Organizers of benefit concerts, 5-K walks, and other fundraisers hope to raise millions for the victims.

President Obama issued the following statement:
Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage done by Super Typhoon Yolanda. But I know the incredible resiliency of the Philippine people, and I am confident that the spirit of Bayanihan will see you through this tragedy. The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the Government's relief and recovery efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm.
An estimated 9.5 million people were affected by the worst storm ever recorded.

The U.S. has troops on the ground in the Philippines and more Marines are are on their way to help with search and rescue efforts. Defense Secretary Hagel deployed ships and aircraft to bring in supplies and provide humanitarian assistance.

Entire towns are cut off because of blocked roads and impassable rubble. Electricity, water and food are unavailable to hundreds of thousands in Tacloban, Samar and other Philippine provinces.

The Chicago Tribune reported:
An official of World Vision based in Cebu Province said there were early reports that as much as 90 percent of northern Cebu had been destroyed. 
An aid team from Oxfam reported "utter destruction" in the northern-most tip of Cebu, the charity said.
The government is now estimating that 10,000 people have died in the worst typhoon ever recorded.

Eyewitnesses describe the damage from the storm like World War III. An American visiting Tacloban before the storm said the city was the city was lawless:
“Everything is being looted. Rotten apples can do now what they want. There is no law enforcement; [it’s] a free-for-all. Nobody feels safe, even the Filipinos. And so many have lost their families." 
“Hotels, everything -- cash registers, even McDonalds -- everything is looted. Anything that has any value. It’s like a movie.” 
But in many cases, he acknowledged, desperation and a need to survive were driving people to break the law. 
“People are thinking, 'If I don't steal this, how am I going to feed my children in two to three weeks,’” he said.
Please help 

Links to agencies that are assisting victims of the typhoon:

The Philippine Red Cross 


CARE

UNICEF

World Food Programme 

Oxfam

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prayer to the Filipino people in the horrible tragedy.

Anonymous said...

They need more than prayers. Please give whatever you can.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of all the Filipinos especially the typhoon victims I sincerely thank you for all the prayers and love you gave us, for everything! May God bless you more.

Anonymous said...

I pray that the donations will be given to the victims and will not end up in the pockets of the greedy devious politicians.

There's a lot of excellent accountants there in the Philippines. I pray that they step up and help by properly accounting all the millions of donations coming in.

I pray that my prayers will be answered.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of all the Filipinos especially the typhoon victims, I sincerely want to thank you all for your prayers, love, kindness, and everything that you have given us. May God bless you more for your kind deeds.

Anonymous said...

80% of the hundreds of millions of dollars the United States will send to the PI will wind up in the pockets of the greedy, inept politicians including the President, his spoiled brats and the Generals. Katrina killed over 1,900 Americans and the Philippines sent $25,000.00 half of which was stolen long before it arrived.

Wendy Doromal said...

Love and prayers to all of our family, friends and every Filipino in the Philippines and world-wide who is mourning the recent tragedies in the Philippines. Our hearts are with you. From here we can only help to raise funds and hope that it helps in some small way.

Captain is in the Philippines cannot post on the blog, but finally managed to send email from the Philippines. I am posting his comments for him:

Wendy, I think you are correct on the problem on our side. I cannot access BPI on line banking and have trouble with Yahoo and Google. I am unable to open or send or do much of anything within these. I have to constantly change and use different search engines with varying results. Firefox seems to work the best not not always. I don't know if it is because of links to the devastated areas.

BTW in case you do not know this link should help with family looking for survivors. Not sure how it works

You can try it also CNN has one set up also.

My family and I are fine, I was ay my small farm in Bicol province and decided to leave as this Yolanda was approaching, even though the house i built there is like a bomb shelter and usually serves as a
shelter for the few residents that are in the area during typhoons. Because this is known as "typhoon alley" I had built a solid poured
concrete room with a 6 inch concrete roof and a CR and water collection system on the roof incase the house ever sustained damage my people could swiftly get to safety and lock the solid steel door
and open the vents. This farm is on the top of a large old sugar cane lands at a very high elevation with the river a short distance but about 80 meter below. I took my family to my house near Subic which was flooded last month for the first time.
Take care I hope this will send,
Capt.

2nd message:
BTW in case you did not hear, the Phil. nationwide is holding 9 days of prayer and the Catholic Bishops Ass. has directed all of the collections to go to the Typhoon victims and there will be a complete accounting of receipt and distribution all funds along with anything that has or will be collected on dry goods also.

I also see that Presbyterians and some other churches are also getting involved.