Long-time humanitarian, Sloane Davidson, shares her knowledge and insight on what the world can do to help lift the Philippines out of the despair caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The time to take action is now.
In the aftermath of the typhoon that the hit the Philippines last week, international relief agencies are ramping up donation appeals worldwide. Typhoon Haiyan—possibly the strongest storm in recorded history slammed the Philippines. An estimated 11.8 million people are affected, including 4.7 million children. Thousands are dead and millions more need emergency assistance. As many of you know, I’m an ardent supporter and lover of the Philippines, Filipinos and their beautiful country. I lived there for three months in 2009 as a Kiva Fellow and traveled extensively throughout the country to local communities. I saw many things that a tourist would never see including being invited into huts and thatched-roof homes and went to villages way off the beaten path. The Filipino people are a resilient and resourceful people, they help each other, they are kind and very family-oriented. This tragic storm is so hard to watch in part because I know that for many of us, the concept of a storm stronger than Hurricane Katrina is hard to fathom. Impossible. And for many, the Philippines is a far off land that we can’t see, smell and touch the way we can with disasters here at home. Still, it’s important to give.