If you haven’t heard already, on November 8th, 2013 a typhoon named Haiyan (or Yolanda to the local people) made landfall in the Philippines. Haiyan is the strongest recorded typhoon to hit land with wind speeds of up to 195 mph. Growing up in south Texas, I’ve been through a few tropical depressions and hurricanes but none of them compare to the devastation that this storm has caused. The governor has estimated that 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone. The UN has reported that 11 million people may have been affected and left homeless.
The people of the Philippines need help. They will continue to need help for a long time. Here are a few ways to help out:
Pray for the people of the Philippines. Pray for the people who are missing family members or children who have been displaced by flood waters. Pray for people who have lost their homes. Pray for people who will not have food for a long period of time. Pray for them continually. This is not a problem that will be solved in a week. Just because the news stops talking about it doesn’t mean its all better.
2) Spread the word
Surprisingly, many people are not aware that this happened. It’s been 5 days since the typhoon hit and there are people who have no idea. By helping to spread awareness you are giving more people the opportunity to pray and get involved in different ways.
Donate money. There are many different organizations you can donate through including Compassion International, Red Cross, Samaritans Purse or many more. Just be sure that you are donating through a credited organization and you aren’t being scammed. It is a sad reality that there are some people who will take advantage of people in times like this.
Pray for the Philippines.