As you are well aware, hundreds of thousands of people have been severely affected by typhoon Haiyan which slammed into Philippine shores a week ago today. I am sure you have seen at least one of the many reports from news agencies or social media sites of the destruction and devastation that this typhoon has brought to the central part of our beautiful country. There are no words to describe the chaos that this part of the country has had to endure over the past week.
The good news is that it is now apparent that the initial responders, which include government and military personnel, private individuals and foreign governments, have finally stabilized the situation in the hardest hit areas. Now the recovery can begin. Now is the time for us regular folk to act.
Habitat for Humanity has helped repair and build tens of thousands of homes since they started their work in the Philippines in 1988. They have been involved in typhoon relief by primarily providing cleaning kits, repair kits and eventual core homes for those families hardest hit by our frequent storms. This group has a good track record of assisting families that are left homeless after typhoons by first providing them with temporary housing and later, transitioning these family to core homes.
The Boston College Philippines community has set a target of providing 330 temporary shelters for the hardest hit families in the central corridor of the country.
Please visit our site at www.give2habitat.org/member/BC/BCPhilippines to make your donation today. As we approach the Christmas season, let’s all make sure these severely affected families can settle into a place they can call home.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity Philippines please visit www.habitat.org.ph
Boston College Alumni Philippines
A Letter from BC Alumni in the Philippines