6 years ago

How YOU can help.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, I really know you guys don’t come here to feel bad, but today, I thought I would share some other kind of inspiration. I know I have already made a post about Yolanda (or Typhoon Haiyan) but I just can’t pretend to have moved on from this great tragedy and continue my life as if nothing happened. Though I am already working and currently in Sydney with Olay Asia for a previously agreed upon event, my mind is with the Philippines and it breaks my heart to know that there are so many people in desperate need, and I can’t be there physically to help. It doesn’t end there though, there are so many other ways to lend a hand even when you are no where near there and I’ll jot those down for you in a few.

What’s currently on my mind is how insanely lucky I am. I flew to Manila a day earlier fearing for the typhoon (I’ve mentioned many times previously how I have rain phobia ever since Ondoy), and I got out just in time. Flights after I left were cancelled til the next and coming days. I escaped, but what about those people who didn’t have access to planes, or boat rides or even a car ride? How insane is it that I can just buy a ticket out of a city within minutes and not have to think about anything more than how much it costs, while a million other people have no choice but to stay put and wait for their impending doom? It’s so unfair, and it pains me every time I think about it. Just last night on my flight here to Australia, I had absolutely zero sleep thinking about how I am escaping yet again- how it’s so easy for life to go on in the midst of this overwhelming devastation.

The first thing I did when I got to the hotel is turn on the news and see what else was happening, and now I’ve decided not to leave at all to write this post. It’s my only free three hours in Sydney as I’ve work later and tomorrow, and I’m leaving on the 13th, but I can’t go on without sharing this. Most channels talk about Tacloban City, the immense damage there, the many bodies lying on the streets and causing unbearable odor, and the looting that has now ensued because of desperation. I heard Martial Law might even be an option- yes it’s that bad. But there is not much news about other cities that have equal damage, and I can’t imagine why. There was a storm surge (stronger than any tsunami, earthquake, typhoon) that created a strong current of water entering houses and buildings at 3 stories high, drowning people, separating families and destroying everything in sight. 90 percent of North Cebu (Daan bantayan, Bogo, Medellin), Ormoc, Southern Leyte, Northern Leyte and Samar are destroyed. People have been grieving non stop, walking like zombies not knowing what to think or feel- not knowing if aid will ever come their way. Roads are destroyed or blocked making it even harder for relief goods to be delivered. According to CNN, people are waiting in line under the rain in hopes to get a flight out of hell- but there isn’t even an airport anymore. Everything is gone.

I cant help but feel terrible as I write this in my luxury suite provided by my sponsors this trip. How can I be so lucky when so many others are feeling hopeless beyond everything else. It is so unfair. Yet, that is the reality for most of us. And realizing that, I hope we all can become a million times more grateful for where we are, and the simple joys we still have. More importantly, I hope we can all take the time to be proactive about this and lend a helping hand because every single person matters. We can a difference, and if you are with me on this one, below is how you can help.

Taken from CBS News:

Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and CBS News does not explicitly endorse any of the aid organizations listed below. This list is merely provided as a reference point for those considering donating to relief efforts.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. They are sending teams to assist in the Philippines.

 Their website is here.

Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

 Their website is here.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. It also provides assistance during natural disasters, and the Philippines Red Cross has already sprung into action to assist families in reconnecting.

Their website is here.

The International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Fund is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. They are gathering teams to send to the Philippines.

Their website is here.

Save The Children supports children and families around the world affected by disaster. They are currently preparing to assist in the Philippines.

 Their website is here.

The United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) is currently rushing relief supplies to the region, and says up to four million children could be affected by the disaster.

 Their website is here.

Mercy Corps is deploying some of their most seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of the strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water, shelter and other basic supplies.

Their website is here.

Finally, before you donate either your time or money, please be aware that there are always scammers looking to profit on disasters. If you find an organization you are thinking of giving money to, check their credentials at theCharity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which evaluates the financial health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations.


Photos from Rappler, ABC, IBtimes. Info from CBS News, CNN, ABSCBN news, GMA Network.

19 Responses

  1. My heart cries painfully for my fellow Filipino people. They plead for food and water, some of them are looting business establishments just to find food, rice and milk. This time food and shelter is basically what they need but in the long run it was their heart that needs to be healed. They just need our help and prayers right now.

  2. hi kryz. to be honest, i was completely turned off when i saw people posting in ig as if nothing happened in general, including you. but im not much of a commentor, i just kept my thoughts to myself. this included you, when i saw you posting pics while you were in manila. however, i also realized that being a blogger is also work and not just a hobby, when i saw that recent post with the negative comments and you replied you are under contract to post for the event (so now i know that actually happens for blog plugs!)

    i just want to suggest, aside from your personal donation, why dont you hold a bazaar for your old stuff you can sell as well? i know you’ve done this countless of times for manila, maybe its time to hold one in your hometown as there are also fans like me from cebu too. that would be awesome plus you can help others as well especially those affected in the northern part of cebu who are equally devastated. this is just a suggestion, hopefully you will take into consideration.

    take care kryz! bangon visayas!

    1. Hi Prish, I dont think Ive been posting as if nothing happened 🙁 Sad you feel that way. I am doing that when i get back, thanks for the suggestion.

  3. We are soooo blessed that my family and I are living here in Manila but my heart cries for what happened in the provinces affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Seeing the news and the people in those areas gave a burden in my heart that I should do something for them. Prayers are 100% helpful and effective, but God wants us to be His hands and feet for those people. Showing that we care, through giving donations, or financial aids or helping them physically, would make them feel that God is at their side and didn’t leave them. It would show that God loves them.

  4. Every time I watch the news or see pictures like these, I can’t help to start crying. Philippines is such an amazing and beautiful country, and I still can’t believe that tragedies like this still happen in the 21st century. If we all do a little bit, we will help Filipinos to get back on their feet again, so please, collaborate!


  5. i really appreciate those photos that you posted,, im from talisay daanbantayan,, and or house as was damaged as well like almost 99% of daanbantayan was devastated, so this photos will hopefully help those in need.

  6. T_T I’m teary eyed while reading this ms.kryzzie, I am living in Central Cebu so blessed that yolanda did not made a landfall near here… But yet I have relatives in Medellin and Leyte. My grandmother and relatives on the mother side in Tabango, and Grandpa on fathers side leaving alone in a bahay kubo in Biliran, they were also greatly hit even though there were alived but still goods were not yet reaching them… I can’t even take my eyes off the news on leyte… It’s very hard to get there and were confused… 🙁 there are already large sum of money being donated yet it is not reaching the people where it is supposed to be given. T_T the senators and other Local government seems to have no action about this…yet it is already 5 days since. Thank you so much for this post Ms.kryzzie….I pray and hope all donations and kindness made will all reach yolanda victims and not on those scumbags, corrupt, selfish people.

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