Photo courtesy of CNN International
Dear members, friends, and staff of WYA,
The past few days have been deeply challenging for the Philippines, particularly for the city of Tacloban, Leyte. Thousands of families have lost their loved ones and homes due to Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines early on Friday, November 8, 2013. Torrential rains and powerful winds from the sea have destroyed almost everything in the typhoon’s path. Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst storms to hit the region of the Philippines and it has spared no one.
Many of our WYA members and their families are still trying to recover from this experience. Even more than their need to rebuild homes, people are experiencing the need for comfort and the reassurance that life will be okay and they will be able to move on from this. The stories of survival and hope which have sprouted in the wake of the storm are simultaneously painful and heroic. These painful stories make us aware that there are things beyond our control. However, the human spirit is waterproof. As a Filipino, I know that the Philippines will be able to get through this because of our unquenchable love for our country and for our neighbour.
We, the World Youth Alliance, are in solidarity with all the Filipino families affected by this devastating typhoon. “We, as young people, particularly commit ourselves in solidarity to all those who live in need, experience the vulnerability and hardships of war, famine, disease or social unrest, and who suffer the poverty of hopelessness” (World Youth Alliance Declaration). Typhoon Haiyan is expected to hit other parts of Asia, specifically Vietnam and China, and we continue to pray and encourage people to reach out to affected communities either through monetary donations or through volunteering with relief efforts.
We are one global family. Any help you can give will go a long way.
World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific
Below are some of the links that show how you can help:
For countries/organizations outside the Philippines:
For organizations inside the Philippines:
From Philippine Red Cross
From Ateneo de Manila
From One La Salle