Bayang Matulungin Relief Operations
The Philippines is not a stranger to natural calamities. Early this year, the Filipinos endured the Taal Volcano eruption. As if to conclude 2020, two of the strongest typhoons of the year hit the country in less than two weeks, Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses. On top of that, the Philippines has the highest rate of Corona Virus spread in the entire South-East Asian region, and one of the most impoverished nations. To survive, most of the Filipinos opt to go abroad, resulting to at least 12-15 % of the country’s population to be overseas -- that is around 12-15 million Filipinos in 184 countries and territories.
COVID-19 has taken away what little the Filipino families have, and it has been aggravated by the catastrophes that struck the Philippines a few weeks before Christmas. Various towns and cities are either buried underneath the mud or swimming in flood. Cagayan Valley, for instance, is inundated with flood water up to 4,5 meters high. While the Bicol Region, which barely had time to recover from Typhoon Rolly, has been hit by Typhoon Ulysses.
As Filipino youth in Europe, we would like to aid raise funds for the victims of the typhoon in various areas for the country is not only facing the consequences of the typhoon but also the COVID-19 pandemic. Food, hygiene, medical supplies, underwear, clothes, drinking water, disinfectant, sanitizers, masks, etc. continue to be of necessity for the victims and volunteer similarly.
Christmas is the most important season for many Filipinos, however, the typhoon and the pandemic limits the opportunity of migrants and their families to be together. As migrants, it pains us to see our country in such a condition, while we are tucked in on our bed at night, completely dry and standing on solid ground. Many migrant workers won’t be of help to their family as Europe is facing unemployment concerning lockdown.
Proceeds will go to Bayang Matulungin Relief Operations, a group of volunteers who were one of the first responders throughout the calamity and has various connections in the Philippines. They are also at the forefront of upholding the rights of the Filipinos and educating the people on the impact of climate injustice in the Philippines usually induced by international mining companies and other foreign corporations.
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We know the difficulty 2020 has brought upon us, but as citizens and residents of the First World, we are still advantageous to be and blessed.
Thank you so much.
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