Relief to the Philippines


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It's been a while but I have had layovers in Clark. My impression from back then was the people were dirt poor but respectful and doing as best as they can with what they have. I was as white/tourist as could be but never felt like they hate Americans like many of the places I've been. I did UNICEF but I'd just want to challenge you all to do what you can and feel led to. I'm really proud to see the American military response to the relief efforts.
I agree with your observation; I was there most recently just a week and a half ago. There is no infrastructure to recover from something like this without lots of outside help.
Whether they like us or not shouldn't really come into play when deciding to help after a disaster like this. Absolutely mind blowing how much destruction there was. But even if this happened in N Korea I think the right thing to do is to help as much as we are able and allowed.
I hope people will donate what they can. Any amount will help. Doctors Without Borders is sending a team in and needs help. The Red Cross, The World Food Programs, AmeriCares, World Vision, Unicef, Shelter Box, Salvation Army, Save The Children, International Medical Corp. These are all excellent organizations who are massing efforts to aid the survivors.

No amount is too small to give. Please...........ask your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church, what ever organizations you may belong to, and your family to help.








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Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- Juvelyn Taniega walks down a desolate road and points toward the barren landscape where her home once stood.

When Typhoon Haiyan tore through Tacloban, she says, the house she lived in with her husband and six children was one of the first to fall down. They huddled inside a bus, seeking shelter from the storm surge.

She survived, but they were swept away in the rushing waters. Now, Taniega is searching for their remains.

"I really want to see them," she told AC360, "even if it's just their bodies."

Taniega found the bodies of her husband and three of her children. But she's still searching for three other children. She doesn't believe they survived the storm.

And she doesn't know where she'll sleep.

"Here, in the street," she said. "Anywhere. I don't know where I go."

In Tacloban, one of many cities dealing with death and destruction that Typhoon Haiyan left behind, survivors say there's nowhere left to go.

Haunted by the sounds of the storm

Days after the deadly typhoon struck, the sounds Jenelyn Manocsoc heard during the storm still haunt her.

"Many cries, many people crying," she said, sobbing. "Many people saying, 'help, help.' "

Amid the swirling, tugging waters, Manocsoc placed her 11-month-old son, Anthony, on her head. She hung on to the roof rafters to avoid being swept away.

They survived, but her husband and other relatives were killed in the storm. She doesn't know where she will go next, but at least she and her son are alive.

"It's very traumatic," she said, cradling Anthony in her arms. "It's very hard."

Looking for food

Authorities have said that supplies are on the way to some of the hardest-hit areas. But desperate residents told CNN affiliate ABS-CBN that time was running out.

"Our house got demolished," one woman told ABS-CBN. "My father died after being hit by falling wooden debris. We are calling for your help. If possible, please bring us food. We don't have anything to eat."

As they searched for loved ones lost in the storm, survivors asked for help.

One man told ABS-CBN he was still trying to find six family members.

"My child has been buried in that island," he said.

Another man begged for forgiveness because he couldn't save his daughter from the typhoon's wrath.

"We all got separated from each other when the strong waves hit," he told ABS-CBN. "We got separated. I couldn't even hold on to my child."

Surrounded by rubble, children swarm around a public well in the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban, where bodies are still lying in the streets.

The children douse themselves with water and fill plastic cups and jugs.

"Even though we're not sure that it is clean and safe," Roselda Sumapit said, "we still drink it, because we need to survive."

"The waves just came so fast," Romualdez said. "But worse than that was the wind. The wind was just so strong that the visibility was about 10-15 feet. There's no way that you could even look, because it was so strong that it practically pulled out your eyes."

Maelene Alcala heard wind banging on her Tacloban hotel room's windows as the storm hit.

"The typhoon was so severe that we could feel our ears popping," she told CNN's iReport.

It wasn't long before she heard banging again, this time on the door of the hotel. But the source of the sound was different. Desperate residents were looking for help.

"We let them in and saw children, women and men crying and telling (how) their houses were destroyed by the storm surge," she said.
These pictures are so sad. Prayers for all those that lost their lives. I cant imagine how you can even recover from something like this. I am very proud of our military for helping out.
Having been there (I can say nothing but good things about the Filipino people) my ex is from the Tacloban/Leyte and she lost some friends. Really wish I could help clean up. They are some of the kindest people, like the barely enough food for themselves but still offering some to you kind.
Whether they like us or not shouldn't really come into play when deciding to help after a disaster like this. Absolutely mind blowing how much destruction there was. But even if this happened in N Korea I think the right thing to do is to help as much as we are able and allowed.

I concur, esp when the innocent civilians suffering are not the meglomaniac corrupt policy makers.
I immediately called my dentist....he and his wife are Filipino and have been my (and most of my family and many of our friends ) dentists for some 18 years. Much of their family is still there and now they are missing. They have had no contact with them since the storm hit. Breaks my heart. They are wonderful people, talented, hard working, always happy, generous and just so damn nice. We are also donating to the church that he built in Carson because they are collecting funds now to help. I just hope they can locate their family members. Very upsetting.
Unfortunately, these disasters bring out the bad guys too. I have received 2 calls asking for donations. Both phone numbers come up with nothing when googled.
People I used to work with at Skywest are in the Philippines right now. I've been told they were most likely in Manila when it hit which is in far better shape than the South, but they could have been anywhere. Just about every Filipino person I know has friends and family missing...its terrible.

That last shot is of the Tacloban airport, which was totally destroyed. Looking at the frame of the tower barely intact, damn...
I was in Tacloban City back in January. Landed at the airport. I haven't heard anything from my friend that I visited. Knowing their house is probably gone is pretty surreal, not to mention the family...