Just a little update... Thank you so much to those who have donated and supported our campaign. So we have gathered $935 in the past month...That's fantastic!!! I have sent a total of $1,015 + $25 transfer fee for the sum of $1,040. I have a screen shot below of the transaction history of all the money sent to the Philippines. I will upload details of each transfer in the next post. Still have no electricity in our town and I've asked my mom to take photos of receipts and building materials that they bought so I can show it to you guys. Unfortunately my mom's camera got destroyed but she have borrowed camera and took photos with her cellphone also of everything...Again thank you so much to those who have supported our efforts and cause...
November 12, 2013 "“ PHILIPPINES - The Philippines struggled to bury the dead and get food, water and medicine to the living Tuesday, four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed untold lives and flattened countless buildings. "Right now, we don't have enough water," typhoon survivor Roselda Sumapit told CNN in Tacloban, a city of more than 200,000 that was flattened by the storm. What they can get may not be clean, she said "” but she added, "We still drink it, because we need to survive." The government's confirmed death toll was 1,774 early Tuesday, said Jose Lampe Cuisa Jr., the Philippine ambassador to the United States. The storm has injured 2,487 more, and displaced 660,000 people from their homes. Government officials have said they fear the final toll may be as many as 10,000. Corpses "” some crudely covered, others left exposed to the burning sun "” added another hellish element to survival in Tacloban, the capital of the southern island province of Leyte.
"We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road," said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez said authorities there have confirmed 250 deaths and expect that toll to climb. "A lot of bodies were mixed up with all the rubble and debris, and we're getting reports also of some houses that were buried. And we see some bodies floating," Romualdez said. Another 14 people were reported to have died in Vietnam, where the storm made landfall after hitting the Philippines, the country's National Search and Rescue Committee reported early Tuesday. Another four were missing and 81 hurt, it said. And there were at least five storm-related deaths in southern China, where heavy rains caused flooding, destroyed houses and damaged farmland, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. In the Philippines, troops and aid organizations battled blocked roads to deliver help and search for survivors in the splintered wreckage of homes.
"People are getting desperate. There's an exodus out of the storm-ravaged areas. People are just trying to make their way out, and it's causing a big, big jam on the main arteries that are used to get to these people."
Nov. 11, 2013: We have raised $415, given by 8 people via gofundme.com in just 3 days! Thank you so much to the very generous and benevolent donors! We will continue to put your donations to good use.
We will try to chronicle our action here and try to be transparent of where all your donation goes. For now it's hard to communicate with our family and relatives in Leyte because there's still no electricity. But I am happy to tell everyone that my family and friends in Ipil and Brgy. Puerto Bello are safe and sound. But are still needing food and water and later rebuilding their homes. I hope to expand to other donations that will help the people get back on their feet while being self-sufficient. Thus, with your generous donations, we hope to purchase seeds for people to plant and later harvest and other necessities that people can use while slowly but surely rebuilding their lives.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the following donors:
1. Gabrielle Richmond
2. Shenith Jackson
3. Suzette Booth
4. Steffen and Kelli Kallenbach
5. Alma Arangali
6. Faye Kosko
7. Ramil Tantiado
Thank you all so much and God bless you and your family.
Rice, Canned Sardines and 30 Pesos
(Bigas, Sardinas at Trenta Pesos)
This is so inspiring. Made me appreciate more what I have. God bless these kids. They have little and yet they CHOSE to share...This is a wake up call to all of us that indeed makes one realize that it doesn't take much to help and reach out...thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.
From: Mayette Cinco's Facebook page
The boys and i decided to drop by the grocery after church this afternoon to buy the stuff we would be sending to Tacloban City tomorrow. Nearing our house, We saw five Tawi kids waiting for us at the gate. With a smile they greeted us and handed me a small paper bag and said ' Pakisama nyo pa po ito sa ipadadala nyo bukas sa mga binagyo. Nangalakal po kami para din sa kanila..Sana po makatulong.' I opened the bag and saw a kilo of rice, 2 sardines and three ten peso coins..Ung trenta po pambili nila duon ng tinapay para hindi mayupi sa byahe.' I held the precious bag so tight & assured the boys that their donation will surely help kids in Tacloban. I know how hard they worked today just so they could share. It's not easy being chased by dogs & cops and be bullied by all sorts of 'tambays' in the streets of Rizal..Not easy to walk the entire day looking for scraps in every street garbage drums..but they braved the heat of the sun and all other challenges just to come up with what they think would be of help to others..I said to myself, nahihiya ako sa kanila..hindi ako naaawa, humahanga ako kasi hindi lahat kayang magbigay ng may kalakip na sakripisyo..so often we give from our spare..but these kids gave out of the only things they've got..Reminds me of the poor widow who gave 2 pennies for the Lord..She gave her all for the Master and that made all the difference..
God bless, beautiful children of the Savior...
ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon recalls what he experienced and saw as super typhoon Yolanda crossed Tacloban City, Leyte on Friday. Failon had to fly to Cebu on Saturday for his report since all power and communication lines in Tacloban were destroyed by the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines and the whole world this year. -- ABS-CBN, Special Coverage: Bagsik ni Yolanda, November 9, 2013
"¢ UPDATE: Philippine Red Cross Ormoc Team confirmed 12 deaths in Ormoc City. From Red Cross Secretary General | via Ormoc City community page
"¢ UPDATE: "National roads and highways are not yet passable like Maharlika highway of Tacloban to Palo, Sta.Fe, Alang-alang, Jaro, Tunga and to Carigara. DZR Airport of Tacloban City is severely damaged. NO FLIGHTS. The news anchor in Tacloban and the local government of Leyte will TRY to give updates within the day, they are trying to look at the whole area of Leyte through choppers.
Rising death counts in Tacloban City. Satellite and Cellular Site Communication is trying their best to restore some communications in the entire Leyte." | via Ormoc City community page
"¢ UPDATE: DPWH: Parts of many national roads still impassable including San Juanico Bridge. Also according to Sec. Almendras, "NDRRMC can't give you the exact death toll now until it is confirmed." | via ANC
"¢ BREAKING: According to Tony Samson (fb.com/tony.samson3),
"Numerous people are feared dead after the Astrodome Sports Complex which served as a shelter collapsed with lots of evacuees inside. There was a tsunami-like effect and it is reported that a ship of undetermined size was washed on top of the gaisano supermarket. Two truckloads of army soldiers from catb was met with surging flood, was washed away. Only two soldiers survived. Two housing projects near the San Juanico bridge were flooded.water in the city proper was reported to have reached at least 10 feet..vehicles were washed away like match boxes."
"¢ UPDATE: "Only the runway of Tacloban City Airport remain because the entire terminal was destroyed #YolandaPH" | @charievilla @ABSCBNNews
"¢ UPDATE: CAAP Deputy Dir. Gen. John Andrews: We received report of 100 dead on the streets in #Tacloban, 100 injured | via @TyphoonHaiyan
"¢ UPDATE: "Runway still flooded; being cleared for the military planes with relief and rescue team" | via @TyphoonHaiyan
"¢ UPDATE: First c130 set to fly out with rescue equipment, personnel, and telecom technicians. If all goes well, they should be in Tacloban midday. | ANC via @raffsantos
"¢ NDRRMC: Ayon sa Tacloban regional director, marami raw ang nasawi; inabisuhan naming magsagawa ng body count. | via @DZMMTeleRadyo
"¢ No network operations as of now (Globe, Sun, Smart). However, according to Atty. Jane Paredes of SMART:
"Smart and Sun cellular services have been interrupted in Eastern Samar and in areas of Leyte, including Tacloban and Ormoc, and parts of northern Cebu due to the impact of Typhoon Yolanda. Smart and Sun are offering free call and text services at Libreng Tawag stations at the evacuation centers like Ormoc City Central School, Tacloban City Astrodome and San Jose, Mindoro" | Dyla Cebu
Additionally, NTC expects telecom companies to restore network in Samar & Leyte within 24 hours | via @zenhernandez, ANC
"¢ No reported casualties in Southern Leyte, clearing operations begin, according to Gov. Roger Mercado | ANC
National roads and highways are not yet passable like Maharlika highway of Tacloban to Palo, Sta.Fe, Alang-alang, Jaro, Tunga and to Carigara. DZR Airport of Tacloban City is severely damaged. NO FLIGHTS. The news anchor in Tacloban and the local government of Leyte will TRY to give updates within the day, they are trying to look at the whole area of Leyte through choppers.
Rising death counts in Tacloban City. Satellite and Cellular Site Communication is trying their best to restore some communications in the entire Leyte.
I was finally able to contact the Mayor of Ormoc City, Ondo Codilla, this morning. He says damage to Ormoc is severe. The roofs of most houses have been blown off, majority of houses in coastal barangays have been wiped out, roads are impassable, power and communication lines are mostly out, and so many are in dire need of relief.
People in Ormoc are now in dire need of the following:
There is a barge leaving for Ormoc tomorrow from Cebu that can bring relief goods. I implore you to please assist in relief efforts if you can. Donations of goods may be dropped off at the following locations:
IN CEBU CITY:
Titay's Liloan Rosquillos Cebu City Branch Raintree Mall, General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City (near Jollibee).
Escario Central Mall, N. Escario Street. Cebu City.
GILT Artisan Lounge
Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City.
IN LILOAN: Municipal Social Welfare Department Office (MSWD) Ground Floor, Liloan Municipal Hall.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Please share.
Nov. 8, 2013. The most powerful storm ever to make landfall in the history of mankind has hit the Philippines and has devastated much of the Visayas region. Tacloban, Ormoc City, Merida, Leyte and her neighboring towns are hit the most. They are hit right in the center of the super typhoon Yolanda around 7:30 am to 12:00 noon, leaving houses and buildings in ruins and hundreds of family displaced and homeless. Leyte, Philippines is in the state of calamity right now. Thankfully, there's no casualties or any reported death as of now in the area where my parents and family live which is in Brgy. Puerto Bello, Merida, Leyte . Power lines are all down so no electricity are expected for a month according to some people there. Our family and friends need help to rebuild their houses and also need basic services and needs. They are very poor people and mostly rely on rice farming as their source of income. Sadly that got destroyed too, all the rice farms was almost all ready to get harvested and would've been a great help for my people their to start over again but all of that now are gone and buried in water and mud.
It is so heartbreaking to see all the pictures and videos that people shared on online medias, like facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube. Tears are just not easy to control hearing and seeing the stories shared from family and friends on how they suffer. My parents house lost their tin roofs and damaged windows, my aunts and uncles and neighbors houses are gone. There are only 3-5 houses left there standing, everything got destroyed! But it's not the end of the world, although they did feel like it was when the wrath of the typhoon hit our beloved homeland. That's why I am humbly asking for any amount of donations from your kind heart to help the typhoon victims.
We have to give them relief goods which will include basic needs like food and water. Mostly the proceeds will primarily focus on giving materials for re-building their homes. Like giving woods or lumber, nipa and nails to those who lost their homes. I have set-up a goal of how much money we want to be raised, however, if we've reached our goal, and exceed it, any amount will still go a long way over there.
Our hope is that you can give a little that will still go a long way in the efforts to help provide hope to the citizens of this very small town. Please help us raise money to help the families in our tiny village in Baranggay Puerto Bello. Any help would be much appreciated especially your prayers. All the funds raised will be directly transfered to my mother, Mrs. Luzminda Bartolabac, she is one of the Baranggay Officials or Administrator there. She will distribute the funds to all the families in the community and other areas that also need help.
Thank you very much and May the Lord Bless you and give you all peace and love.
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