Typhoon Haiyan has come and gone, but left its indelible “footprints” of destruction, death and devastation in the land and lives of millions of residents in Tacloban. Body count was originally believed to be in 10s of thousands, but is slightly less than 3000. However, more bodies are still being pulled out of the rubble. The US, Uk, Australian and other governments have, and are still providing aid in the form of food, military support and health workers to this region to help reduce the impact of this natural disaster. If you would like to donate some money for this cause, please visit the Disaster Emergency Committee website which can be found here DEC
To borrow Tescos catchphrase, “Every little helps”.
Check out this post which is a real time account of the present situation in Capiz, and other areas affected in the Philippines.
Sometimes I feel really embarrassed seeing charity adverts of emaciated, hungry, African and Indian children on T.V. My nephew once asked me “Uncle is there no food in Africa?” I responded to him “Enough food to feed the whole world…potentially”.
If everyone affiliated with India or Africa either by birth or heritage outside of these continents decide to donate a minimal amount of their earnings to specific charities targeting their respective countries, then there would not be any need for the depiction of starving, sick or dying children on T.V. There would not be any reason for international charities soliciting funds vigorously through showing very pitiful and sometimes embarrassing scenes to seek money urgently for feeding children from these impoverished and sometimes war torn countries. We cannot all be at the forefront of these charitable acts, we cannot all be doctors or nurses treating sick children, but we can play our part in alleviating hunger, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Polio,low infant mortality rate and many more issues that affect children in underdeveloped countries. There are charities like save the children, Arms around the child, Oxfam, DEC etc who target these issues specifically.
It is up to you as an individual to play your part and give back…Charity begins at home…LITERALLY!
Do some research on which charity you can donate to today!