Update (October 3, 2009):
Here’s a new video:
Update (October 1, 2009):
The number of deaths due to Typhone Ketsana (local name: Ondoy) is now 277. I urge you to help, no matter how small.
Here’s how far your help can go:
If you want to give more:
On Saturday evening, I received an alarming Email from one of my former co-workers in the Philippines. Tropical storm Ketsana (local name: Ondoy) had hit Metro Manila, causing the worst floods in 40 years. The entire first floor of his house and his two cars were under water.
His neighbor was much less fortunate; they didn’t have a second floor:
But my friend and his neighbors live in a middle-class neighborhood.
What about the 40% of the Manila population who live below the poverty level, in makeshift shanties, under bridges and alongside rivers and creeks?
This video gives us a glimpse of how devastating the floods have been:
As of this writing, 140 people have been reported dead, dozens are still missing. About 226,000 are homeless and 60,000 are crammed in 200 evacuation centers.
If you’d like to help the victims of this recent flood in the Philippines, I suggest you do so through UNICEF Philippines (where I used to work).
Children always suffer the most in the face of calamity. Physically vulnerable and unable to fend for themselves, they not only lose their homes and schools. Many become orphaned. Their schooling and security are disrupted, and they’re particularly susceptible to illness in evacuation centers.
UNICEF has already provided $143,000 of assistance in the form of
Other items are still needed, such as:
You can read more about UNICEF Philippines’s emergency response program here.
It takes very little to help.
Because every US$ is equivalent to 47.5 Philippine pesos, whatever you can spare will go a long way.
While some families are still awaiting rescue on their rooftops, thousands of lives are on the balance in crowded, poorly supplied evacuation centers. The death toll of Typhoon Ketsana could still go up if we don’t help.
Click here to help the flood victims through UNICEF Philippines. (Click the “Donate Now” button on the right)