“We are doing fine. The typhoon did not hit Manila.”
words are definitely comforting to hear from Regnum Christ consecrated
woman Betty Rivera, stationed in Manila in the Philippines.
said the Legionary and Regnum Christi communities and the Everest
Academy Manila school are now working to organize relief efforts
for the hundreds of thousands affected by Typhoon Haiyan. (She
posted this video on Facebook from one of the
Everest Manila students.)
One of the worst storms in recorded history,
the typhoon (also called Yolanda) hit the Philippines Friday, affecting
more than 4 million people in 270 towns and cities.
The death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. Countless more
have been displaced from their homes.
Catholic World Mission (CWA) is
also mobilizing to help. The organization has set up a
fund to aid the victims, available at the following links:
Catholic World Mission is affiliated with the Mano Amiga
Catholic school in the Philippines, which offers support for impoverished
families. Mano Amiga is joining with Global Shapers, an international
non-profit organization with a chapter in the Philippines, to aid
the typhoon victims. The organizations will hand distribute water and
medicines to Filipinos in need. All funds collected though Catholic
World Mission will be distributed to Mano Amiga for this collaborative
project, and questions may be directed to email@example.com or
by calling 1-800-961-8153.
Funds can also be wired to Mano Amiga
directly via the bank in the Philippines using the following
International Wires Bank Name: Banco de Oro, Bonifacio Global City
Country: Taguig City, Philippines
SWIFT ID: BNORPHMM
Account Name: Mano Amiga Academy, Inc.
Lyn Pinugu, Mano Amiga Academy Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
donations can be made to the organization Gawad Kalinga, a
local Catholic organization similar to Habitat for Humanity, at http://gk1world.com/ArticleViewer.aspx?ID=61578 or to the Red Cross at http://ushare.redcross.org.ph/. (Americans
can wire money at https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031. Canadians, whose money will
be matched by the government, can go to the following
link for more information: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-pledges-up-to-5-million-in-humanitarian-aid-to-typhoon-victims/article15368879/.)
Please spread the word.