Help victims of the recent July 9, 2019 5.6 earthquake in Mindanao with food, housing, supplies, and medical care.
Mindanao, the southernmost island, is one of the poorest areas of the Philippines. Many residents live in sub-standard housing without plumbing and running water, bathrooms, or kitchen facilities. Dwellings are not earthquake ready or resistant. Your donation will help them recover from recent damage to housing and other facilities and with any supplies or medical care needed. The kids in the photo above live in the rural area in the Davao Del Sur region of Mindanao.Manila, a city of 12 million, has the worst traffic in the world and more people per mile than any other city in the world, including Manhattan. It is home to 4 million in the slums alone.
The average per capita income of a Filipino is about $3500 American (versus about $55,000 in the US). According to the latest CIA data, 25% - 1 out of 4 - of Filipinos live under
the poverty level (compared to 15% in the US). According to Stratfor, outside of Manila's 4+ affluent districts, 98% of the nation lives close to
the poverty level, driving about 10 million Filipinos to other nations and into a lonely life of labor and service supporting their families. Perhaps the potential influence of this 'scattering' effect is why prophetic minister Sadhu Selvaraj describes the Philippines as having the highest destiny among all nations, except for Israel.The ‘retirement plan’ in developing nations is often to have children that support you in old age.
Two Filipinos we know have supported their family since the age of 12 and 17. This sacrifice for their parents means that they are unable to save for themselves and advance themselves economically or educationally. This is a common story throughout the Philippines and a factor that continues the cycle of poverty.Just a $1000 donation will support one Filipino for almost a third of the year.
A $300 donation will support someone for about a month - or give them extra money for health care, transportation to work, family emergencies or entrepreneurial ventures. A $100 donation converts into about 5000 php (pesos) at the rate of exchange in July 2019 and will buy a dental or medical check-up or needed clothes, shoes, or supplies. Most Filipinos have no health insurance and must pay out of pocket for hospital, medical, and dental care. Many families must forego medical care for this reason. Most have had almost no dental work well into adulthood - except to have teeth pulled - in spite of multiple needs. The average life span in the Philippines is to 68.5, almost 15 years less than the United States.Almost 90% of the money raised will go directly
to individual, hard-working, Filipinos in need with whom we have had face-to-face contact or direct knowledge of through personal connections. Donations will be spread as equally as efficient among recipients. Knowledge of recipients will be gained through in person visits and through churches and other contacts.
Primacy for donations will be given to spiritually-focused, goal oriented individuals seeking to raise their standard of living along with those around them. Specifically, donations will be used to support individuals and families in the areas of essential daily needs and services, health, education, entrepreneurial endeavors, and the like.
5% of funds goes to GoFundMe; banks take an addition of almost 5% when money is transferred into accounts where it can be put to use. Less than 5% additional will be applied to administrative expenses. At least 85% of your donation will directly impact hard-working, worthy individuals seeking to raise their and their families standard of living and spread prosperity and success to those around them.
According to Proverbs 19:17, "One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed." Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Help the Philippines fulfill its destiny and become one of the most important and prosperous nations in the world!The creator of this GoFundMe page was formerly a Regional Director for a top 50 Registered Investment Advisor in the United States. He currently manages a family investment company and writes. He is also the publisher of Common Sense Interpretation .