Phillipinnes Typhoon Relief
Please donate to our Phillipinnes Typhoon victim campaign here. We are sending money regularly to our AMURT global workers in the Phillipinnes to help them in their relief efforts on the coalface.
Here is the latest account of the work that has been going on from our local co-ordinator, Dharmavedananda:-
" AMURT TYPHOON HAIYAN NEWS 14 NOV 2013
Though several days have passed since Typhoon Haiyan hit, relief services by the government and any recognizable infrastructure is still minimal. And thus people are intensely suffering.
Our shipment from Cebu of $5000 worth of food and water finally reached Tacloban, the place of maximum misfortune and death. There we have 13 volunteers working. It was very hard to get the shipment through because of rebel interference in Ormoc, where the ship landed. The military escort that we had already arranged, proved insufficient. Ultimately we arranged 25 soldiers to guard the truck as it went to Tacloban. Our perishable goods are now in our Command Center near City Hall, and all the dry food goods are in an even safer place 1 kilometer away. We have stoves and pots, and will be cooking the rice, noodles, vegetables for distribution – as most people have no cooking utensils or stoves, as they lost everything in the storm surge and winds. Distribution will begin tomorrow.
Another shipment to Tacloban is being arranged to happen within the next 2 or 3 days.
In northern Cebu Province, in and around the city of Bogo, where suffering was similar to Tacloban except there was no storm surge, and so no drowning - most people's homes are either destroyed or uninhabitable. They are also dependent on food and water distribution. We have distributed food there twice, and tomorrow will do the third time. The first time was to less than 1000 people, the second time to more than 1000. We gave every family enough rice, noodles, sardines, water to last 3 days, plus biscuits for the children. Plus one meal of cooked food for each person. These people were desperate, and thus overwhelmingly grateful for our service. There have been very few other relief missions there.
On Sunday we will distribute food on even worse affected Bantayan Island.
Tomorrow a ship is also scheduled to leave from Manila to Tacloban with a good number of volunteers and relief materials.
Thank you for giving from your heart to some of the world's most suffering people."