Help the people of Saipan and Tinian recover from the most destructive typhoon in decades.
In the aftermath of one of the most powerful and destructive typhoons we have experienced in the Northern Mariana Islands in recent memory, with hundreds of residents now in public shelters and numerous homes and businesses badly damaged, many of our friends and family members living off-island are asking, “How can we help?”
Here’s one way. Contribute to our islands’ recovery by making a donation to Karidat Social Services, one of the key nonprofit organizations coordinating emergency response activities on the ground. You can donate using your credit card through this site.
Every penny given here will go directly to Karidat to support the relief effort – from procuring and distributing food and clean water, to providing shelter for people rendered homeless by the storm.
You can also send your donations by mail. Checks can be made payable to “Karidat Social Services” and mailed to:
Karidat Social Services
P.O. Box 500745
Saipan, MP 96950
Karidat is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution, with extensive experience distributing emergency supplies and social services in collaboration with government and nonprofit partners, and ensuring that donations are accounted for and delivered to families and individuals in need. Karidat is a trusted and capable partner.
Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 in 15 days. Any amount you can give will help. Also, please spread the word through social media (Facebook, Twitter) about our fundraising efforts.
We have a long road ahead, and with your support we can and will rebuild our beloved community.
Thank you for your generosity. May God bless you, and may God bless our Northern Mariana Islands.
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
Mr. Paras donated the $100 winning to LAKING TARLAC CITY KA KUNG
(LTCKK) forwarded through one of its guardians, BONG VEGA.
One of our regular programs here and abroad
Livelihood Development Program Funding
We are growing like a turtle… but we know that we will achieve our goals and not fall off the cliff like a rabbit…
We have so many friends out there… we hope to reach out to all of you!
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — SM City Pampanga will be hosting a photo exhibit aimed at raising funds and promoting awareness on the need to rebuild and rehabilitate the historic and culturally important Bohol churches which were destroyed by an earthquake last year.
The fund-raising exhibit for the rehabilitation of Bohol churches dubbed “Sights and Sounds of Bohol,” will be opened on April 11 to 15. The exhibit had its earlier runs at SM City Clark.
In Texas, Roscon Foundation, supporting the Arapal and Compostela Camps of Cebu, with help missions to Bohol, will hold its “Expressions Of Art” Show in July to continue raising funds for the typhoon victims of the Visayan Islands.
The Foundation has launched its 2014-2016 Fund Drive utilizing GoFundMe to assist in raising the Foundation’s budget for its missionary/cultural activities during the three year period.
International media laud Filipino resilience amid ‘worst disaster’ Yolanda
Contributions are still pouring in as of this date, November 18, 2013. We will publish the report after the Foundation’s Winter in Wonderland Raffle Draw on December 14, 2013, to be held at its corporate office in Dallas. After this date, no more donations for Yolanda victims will be accepted but contributors will be led to other on-profit organizations that will keep their goods’ shipment to the Visayan Islands going. Cash contributions for the typhoon victims will continue and will be sent to the American Red Cross to be forwarded to the Philippine Red Cross in the Philippines.
WINTER IN WONDERLAND RAFFLE DRAW – DECEMBER 14, 2013
DFW Asians Vigil Rally for Relief of Typhoon Yolanda Victims. November 23, 2013 at the Gym of St. Peter Vietnamese Catholic Church 10123 Garland, Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 at 5:00 PM to 7 PM
Thousands of Asians Americans from DFW shall celebrate a Candlelight Vigil to join together in prayers, fellowship and sharing, with uplifting Music and Dances in support of the catastrophe in the Philippines brought about by Typhoon Yolanda, followed by a Vietnamese Free Concert at 7 PM.
Public Officials, community leaders, and religious congregations leaders are invited to give inspirational messages. Donations in cash and kind will be accepted during the Vigil to benefit DFW and North Texas residents who have families affected by the devastation. Proceeds of the Concert will be made payable to American Red Cross to benefit Philippine Red Cross who will distribute to ultimate Yolanda Victims in the Philippines. Sponsors are also encouraged to forward contributions directly to American Red Cross for Philippine Disaster Relief.
Please join the DFW Asian communities as we get together in the spirit of sharing and prayers.
5:00 PM – Procession- Candle Vigil-Songs & Music
5:30 PM – Music and Dances
6:00 PM – Inspirational Greetings
6:30 PM – Collection of Donations – for DFW Families/Friends in the Philippines
(such as Bangon Daanbantayan and others)
7:00 PM – Vietnamese Free Concert-Proceeds on donations
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Texas House of Representative Honorable Angie Chen Button
Texas House of Representative Linda Harper Brown
Philippine Republic Day Celebration
Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce
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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings — some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves.
As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach parts of the archipelago cut off by flooding and landslides. Looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water as the government began relief efforts and international aid operations got underway.
Even in a nation regularly beset by earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.
Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands, packing winds of 235 kph (147 mph) that gusted to 275 kph (170 mph), and a storm surge of 6 meters (20 feet).
Its sustained winds weakened to 133 kph (83 mph) as it crossed the South China Sea before approaching northern Vietnam, where it was forecast to hit land early Monday. Authorities there evacuated hundreds of thousands of people.
Hardest hit in the Philippines was Leyte Island, where officials said there may be 10,000 dead in the provincial capital of Tacloban alone. Reports also trickled in from elsewhere on the island, as well as from neighboring islands, indicating hundreds more deaths, although it will be days before the full extent of the storm can be assessed.
“On the way to the airport we saw many bodies along the street,” said Philippine-born Australian Mila Ward, 53, who was waiting at the Tacloban airport to catch a military flight back to Manila, about 580 kilometers (360 miles) to the northwest. “They were covered with just anything — tarpaulin, roofing sheets, cardboard.” She said she passed “well over 100” bodies.
In one part of Tacloban, a ship had been pushed ashore and sat amid damaged homes.
Haiyan inflicted serious damage to at least six of the archipelago’s more than 7,000 islands, with Leyte, neighboring Samar Island, and the northern part of Cebu appearing to bear the brunt of the storm. About 4 million people were affected by the storm, the national disaster agency said.
On Leyte, regional Police Chief Elmer Soria said the provincial governor had told him there were about 10,000 deaths there, primarily from drowning and collapsed buildings. Most were in Tacloban, a city of about 200,000 that is the biggest on the island.
On Samar, Leo Dacaynos of the provincial disaster office said 300 people were confirmed dead in one town and another 2,000 were missing, with some towns yet to be reached by rescuers. He pleaded for food and water, adding that power was out and there was no cellphone signal, making communication possible only by radio.
Reports from other affected islands indicated dozens, perhaps hundreds more deaths.
Video from Eastern Samar province’s Guiuan township — the first area where the typhoon made landfall — showed a trail of devastation. Many houses were flattened and roads were strewn with debris and uprooted trees. The ABS-CBN video showed several bodies on the street, covered with blankets.
“Even me, I have no house, I have no clothes. I don’t know how I will restart my life, I am so confused,” an unidentified woman said, crying. “I don’t know what happened to us. We are appealing for help. Whoever has a good heart, I appeal to you — please help Guiuan.”
The Philippine National Red Cross said its efforts were hampered by looters, including some who attacked trucks of food and other relief supplies it was shipping to Tacloban from the southern port of Davao.
Tacloban’s two largest malls and grocery stores were looted, and police guarded a fuel depot. About 200 police officers were sent into Tacloban to restore law and order.
With other rampant looting reported, President Benigno Aquino III said he was considering declaring a state of emergency or martial law in Tacloban. A state of emergency usually includes curfews, price and food supply controls, military or police checkpoints and increased security patrols.
The massive casualties occurred even though the government had evacuated nearly 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon.
Aquino flew around Leyte by helicopter on Sunday and landed in Tacloban. He said the government’s priority was to restore power and communications in isolated areas and deliver relief and medical assistance.
Challenged to respond to a disaster of such magnitude, the Philippine government also accepted help from abroad.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pacific Command to deploy ships and aircraft to support search-and-rescue operations and fly in emergency supplies.
The United Nations said relief operations have begun but that access remained a challenge because some areas are still cut off.
Pope Francis led tens of thousands of people at the Vatican in prayer for the victims. The Philippines has the largest number of Catholics in Asia, and Filipinos are one of Rome’s biggest immigrant communities.
The Philippines is annually buffeted by tropical storms and typhoons, which are called hurricanes and cyclones elsewhere. The nation is in the northwestern Pacific, right in the path of the world’s No. 1 typhoon generator, according to meteorologists. The archipelago’s exposed eastern seaboard often bears the brunt.
Even by the standards of the Philippines, however, Haiyan is a catastrophe of epic proportions and has shocked the impoverished and densely populated nation of 96 million people. Its winds were among the strongest ever recorded, and it appears to have killed many more people than the previous deadliest Philippine storm, Thelma, in which about 5,100 people died in the central Philippines in 1991.
The country’s deadliest disaster on record was the 1976 magnitude-7.9 earthquake that triggered a tsunami in the Moro Gulf in the southern Philippines, killing 5,791 people.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Aquino was “speechless” when he told him of the devastation in Tacloban.
“I told him all systems are down,” Gazmin said. “There is no power, no water, nothing. People are desperate. They’re looting.”
Tacloban, in the east-central Philippines, is near the Red Beach on Leyte Island where U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in 1944 during World War II and fulfilled his famous pledge: “I shall return.”
It was the first city liberated from the Japanese by U.S. and Filipino forces and served as the Philippines’ temporary capital for several months. It is also the hometown of former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos, whose nephew, Alfred Romualdez, is the city’s mayor.
One Tacloban resident said he and others took refuge inside a Jeep, but the vehicle was picked up by a surging wall of water.
“The water was as high as a coconut tree,” said 44-year-old Sandy Torotoro, a bicycle taxi driver who lives near the airport with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. “I got out of the Jeep and I was swept away by the rampaging water with logs, trees and our house, which was ripped off from its mooring.
“When we were being swept by the water, many people were floating and raising their hands and yelling for help. But what can we do? We also needed to be helped,” Torotoro said.
In Torotoro’s village, bodies were strewn along the muddy main road as now-homeless residents huddled with the few possessions they managed to save. The road was lined with toppled trees.
UNICEF estimated that 1.7 million children live in areas affected by the typhoon, according to the agency’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi. UNICEF’s supply division in Copenhagen was loading 60 metric tons of relief supplies for an emergency airlift expected to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday.
“The devastation is … I don’t have the words for it,” Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said. “It’s really horrific. It’s a great human tragedy.”
In Vietnam, about 600,000 people living in the central region who had been evacuated returned to their homes Sunday after a weakened Haiyan changed directions and took aim at the country’s north.
Four people in three central Vietnamese provinces died while trying to reinforce their homes for the storm, the national floods and storms control department said Sunday.
Associated Press writers Oliver Teves and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Minh Tran in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin contributed to this report.
After Typhoon, One North Texan Desperately Seeks News About Her Family In Philippines
Since the typhoon, Kristal Abalos, left, has been trying to learn more about her mother, Lorna Abalos, who’s in the Philippines and lives near one of the hardest-hit cities.
At least 30,000 Filipinos live in North Texas – and after last week’s typhoon in the Philippines, many in Dallas-Fort Worth are still trying to track down family members who are overseas.
Kristal Honie Abalos of Bedford is among them. She hasn’t slept for nearly a week. Her mom, two sisters and a brother, plus 20 immediate relatives, are unaccounted for in Tanauan, a town next to the city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
“I went through a whole lot of storms with them, but nothing, nothing has been as worse as this,” she said.
At first, Abalos, who was born on a U.S. Air Force Base in the Philippines, watched the news non-stop. Then she reached out on Facebook, asking for help finding her family. She even friended the governor of her hometown in Tanauan.
“All they can show me is dead people”
“They had a little bit of news from my town, and all they can show me is dead people,” Abalos said. “They have 3,000 people, and the water was 10 feet high, most houses are not even 12 feet high.”
Abalos, a dialysis technician, says she just wants to know that her family is safe.
“It’s killing me just because I want to be able to help them, all I want is to hear that they, to hear their voice, that they are OK, especially the little kids,” she said.
At Umphress Road United Methodist Church in Dallas, pastor Levy Laguardia says many in his mostly Filipino-American congregation have family members in Tacloban and neighboring provinces.
“The mood of people are just hurting, in pain, and crying, and really knowing nothing from their family in the Philippines,” he said. “It’s just so devastating for them.”
The Roscon Foundation, a non-profit group based in northern Dallas, has people on the islands of Luzon, Cebu and Visayas. Director Carol Smith says they have helped Filipinos cope with past storms. Based on prior experience, they’ll need food and water first, then sanitary shelters, and medical supplies next.
“They will be needing a lot of medicines, especially after the typhoons,” Smith said. “There will be a lot of illnesses going around, so this medicines are very needed on these several areas.”
Smith says her group is accepting donations and canned foods. They have a fundraiser planned in December.
“The only thing that we can do, is send in as much as we can over there, and when another calamity hits, at least they have supplies ready to give out,” she said.
On December 4, 2012, Typhoon ”Pablo” made a landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental at 4 am. Although the typhoon further weekend, it created a monstrous destruction to 116 municipalities/cities, affecting 570,082 persons while leaving 214 dead and 251 homeless.
Some bridges in Bukidnon were partially destroyed and some collapsed. Gutsy winds uprooted many trees damaging electrical supply in large areas of the region while heavy rains poured in some places like Compostela Valley causing a deadly landslide that claimed 43 lives. Surigao Del Sur was placed under State of Calamity due to zero electricity and accessibility to major roads brought about by falling trees and debris.
The PRC once again proved being always first, always ready, always there, spent no time in helping as the PRC chapters dispatched their respective teams with their equipment and resources and are now directly involved in search and rescue and retrieval operations. A total of 286 Red Cross volunteers were mobilized and many more are being called for action. Ambulances, Mobile Kitchen and Rescue equipment are now on the move to respond. The PRC also provided humanitarian services in the evacuation centers providing first aid and psychosocial support to affected families, feeding hot meals to the victims and maintaining welfare desks and continuously assessing other needs. With barely three weeks before Christmas, Typhoon Pablo pounded areas which are considered
resource poor and economically disadvantaged.
Close to 12,000 families might be spending Christmas in evacuation centers with only few clothes to wear and limited food to eat. As of today, the number of casualties is still climbing and the Philippine Red Cross is scaling up its humanitarian assistance as more needs are coming out and identified based on reports from the field.
The affected families are in dire need of food and water, non-food items such as sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets and temporary shelter materials. PRC also needs logistics support for its staff and volunteers on the ground.
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The Philippine Red Cross Fund Generation Department and its various chapters nationwide are now accepting donations, in cash and in-kind to provide for the needs in the affected areas. Please contact Mr. Ronald David Zacarias, Manager for Corporate Relations Online Giving Unit, Ms. Jean Cristine Baligad and/or Ms. Marlyn Salanio at telephone numbers (+632) 527.0575 or at (+632) 527.0000 local 114 / 151 / 165 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
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4 Year Old Boy Goes From Homeless to Hero – Amazing
Cris Valdez has had a rough life. At 2, he scavenged for food. He has had to endure terrible situations because of living on the street, like sleeping in unoccupied coffins. But at the age of only 7, he started a foundation to help kids like himself. He then became a real HERO. See how! click here!
Filipino boy Cris Valdez, 13, wins International Children’s Peace Prize
A young Filipino who lived off a rubbish dump and slept in an open tomb has won a prestigious children’s award in the Netherlands for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids.
Cris “Kesz” Valdez, aged 13, was handed this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on Wednesday, where he received a 100,000 euro ($130,000) prize.
Valdez was chosen from three finalists for the work of his “Championing Community Children” charity which raises funds to hand out gift parcels to needy children in Cavite City, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of the capital Manila.
“You are wonderful,” Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, who handed over this year’s prize, told Valdez at a press conference shortly after the ceremony, held in The Hague’s historic Knight’s Hall.
“My message to children around the world is not to lose hope” and to remember things like hygiene, said Valdez, who added that the prize would help him get an education and perhaps realise his dream of becoming a doctor.
Through his charity, Valdez has handed out more than 5,000 gifts to destitute children that included everyday articles like flip-flops, toys, sweets and clothes, said the KidsRights Foundation, the prize’s initiator.
In all, he has helped some 10,000 children in his area on health, hygiene and children’s rights, the foundation added.
Some 246,000 street children are, like Valdez was as a young child, subjected to abuse, violence and child labor in the Philippines, it said.
Asked about the prize money, KidsRights Foundation chairman Marc Dullaert said a committee was now to decide, together with Valdez, to which projects it would be donated.