I assume that by now most of you have caught a glimpse of the recent tragedy that has befallen the Philippines in the form of Typhoon Haiyan. Estimations are currently saying that over 11 million people have been affected, and the death toll is currently hovering at around 10,000 lives lost.
When something so tragic and out of our control happens, we often feel hard-pressed, wanting to help but not knowing how or where to start. Most of us do not have the means or the opportunity to go to the Philippines. We can help in other ways, though. And that’s where organizations like UNICEF come in.
“She’s asking for money.” “This is depressing, I don’t want to read this.” These may be a few of the thoughts that came to your mind just now. You may roll your eyes here and not read the rest of this. That’s your decision. I’ve done it before. But this is something I care deeply about & I ask that you stick around until the end and genuinely consider what I’m asking of you.
As you guys have seen in previous posts, I’ve become involved with UNICEF, especially the Next Generation program. And today I received an email from the NextGen’s deputy director and founder updating us on the situation in the Philippines:
- UNICEF is estimating that 11.3 million people have been affected, including 4.4 million children. 673,000 people have been displaced.
- They will need approximately $34 million to aid the people of the Philippines in the short term. That’s the first 6 months.
UNICEF has already responded:
- They have dispatched 60 metric tons of emergency supplies, as well as delivering approximately 100 toilets today.
- They have delivered 1,860 tarps and 72 tents to be used for schools and other safe places.
- They are working with local authorities to identify and registers children displaced or separated from their families.
- UNICEF Philippines is moving 10,000 packs of water purification tablets and 3,000 hygiene kits to the affected areas.
- UNICEF Copenhagen is sending 20 generators for water treatments facilities, as well as 1,200 water quality testing kits.
Many areas are still inaccessible and are without electricity, clean water, medicine, and food. Many of the sanitation systems in the affected areas have collapsed. This all leaves the people, especially children, weaker and more susceptible to disease.
UNICEF’s funding was already being stretched before Typhoon Haiyan hit: the 2013 yearly appeal total of $30 million being only 13% funded. We can help here. We can donate, and spread the word, and provide UNICEF with the tools and supplies they need to help the displaced millions, especially the children, in the Philippines.
Every little bit helps. I know we hear that all the time. But I believe it’s true. Look at Oklahoma and the disaster we saw caused by the tornado in Moore. Look at all the help that has come to our state. Where would we be without all the people who donated? You would be amazed at what difference a few dollars can potentially make.
That is why I encourage everyone who reads this to please join me and donate! Here are some ways you can do just that:
- You can text ‘RELIEF‘ to 864233 to immediately donate $10.
- You can head over to the online donation form here & donate your own specified amount – as much or as little as you can.
- You can also print the donation form here and mail it in.
- You can host a fundraiser. More info can be found here.
- You can donate via phone at 1-800-FOR-KIDS.
If you made this far, thank you. Thank you for simply reading this & considering making a donation. If you don’t feel you can donate, and even if you do, please spread the word! Follow UNICEF USA on Twitter or Facebook, and retweet and share what they post. Share this blog post. Write a blog post of your own. Your impact could be life-changing.