I wanted to take some time this hump day to talk about Typhoon Haiyan – below is a note from my amazing and indescribably strong sister, Anna, who recently moved to the Manila. This past week she traveled to Iloilo, which is to the southwest of the capital of Philippines. I know that we have all heard about the devstation this storm caused, but I’ll leave you with some words and shots from my sister on her experience in Iloilo and Manila during this terrible time, the resiliency of the Filipino community, as well as some information on how you can help.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and concerns over the past week – I am doing well in the Philippines. When I first came out to Manila for my three month adventure, a good friend of mine put me in contact with some family here. In a message from one of her aunt’s she said that at times the amount of poverty can be difficult to see and accept, but not to let that dishearten me because “many are happier than even we are on a daily basis”. In the aftermath of this disaster I see how true this really is. When I read about the typhoon or see pictures on the news, I am reminded of the physical damage that has ravaged this country. What this storm hasn’t taken is the incredible spirit of the people. The Filipino people have been devastated beyond my realm of possibility and yet they try their best to stay positive, because as someone told me tonight it’s all they have left.
As I’m sure you have seen, resources here are depleted and many people are still without food, water and medicine, all while coping without their families, friends and are displaced from their homes. Below is a link to just a few organizations that you can contribute to. This is a dire situation where literally every dollar could helps immensely.
Ever since I got to the Philippines, all of the locals have tried to make me feel at home and their kindness is apparent in everything they do. I feel so privileged to live amongst the Filipinos and am grateful to be on the ground to volunteer my time to repay the kindness they have given to me.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50
Lastly, if you are local to Dubai, there is an amazing way in which you can help as well: FIESTA FOR A CAUSE, #YOLANDAPH BENEFIT LUNCH/DINNER ON November 22, organized by fellow Dubai blogger, Pinay Flying High. This event will be a food-filled Friday for the benefit of YOLANDA (Haiyan) typhoon victims in the Philippines. Filipino-style buffet lunch and dinner will be served with unlimited drinks (water, softdrinks, tea) priced at AED60 per person. AED30 will be donated directly to World Vision and their efforts in the Philippines. Food stubs will be sold starting Friday (15NOV), please contact me or Rosso Amore Restaurant at 044564363/0552891931/0552586041 to purchase your tickets in advance. Check our her blog for more information on this event, and other ways you can help locally here in Dubai!
Count your blessings and say a prayer for those effected by this natural disaster. Until next time…<3