The destruction and devastation that Haiyan left in its path has affected millions, and despite the lag in news coverage lately, the country is a long way from being fully recovered. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.
The possibility of the spread of disease is high due to the lack of food, water, shelter, and medication. Casualties have been reported as a result of the lack of aid in affected areas, and the number of dead is likely to rise.
The Philippines is now slowly moving into the recovery phase of this devastating tragedy, with an outpouring of aid from over 38 countries, including Canada.
The Canadian government has pledged to help the Philippines in this time of need, announcing that all donations to recognized Canadian charities will be matched dollar-for-dollar. So far, $35 million has been donated.
One well-known group doing amazing work in the Philippines is the Canadian Red Cross.
The Red Cross makes every effort to buy all its relief supplies from surrounding communities in the area, to ensure that after a disaster they not only rebuild homes, but also rebuild economies. The charity has also implemented a field hospital and staff on the island of Leyte, which is dealing with around 100,000 people affected by the typhoon.
For this and many other reasons, MediaMiser chose to support the Philippines relief effort through a donation to the Canadian Red Cross. And you can do the same.
And it doesn’t even have to be a one-time thing — it’s easy to donate and then move on, but in the case of any natural disaster the rebuilding process is a long-term effort requiring more funds, help and aid as communities attempt to reconstruct their lives.
Most countries will require aid for months, and maybe even years, after the initial tragic event. And the Canadian Red Cross, along with other charities and organizations, will be right there with them.