The devastation and destruction that the typhoon Ondoy created will leave a permanent imprint in the hearts of all Filipinos. The wound that it has left in this country is unimaginable. The last body count of the dead is over 95. Many are still missing and over 240,000 families are either homeless or injured. So many casualties at this time and now we have to cope with and rise above the aftermath of damage.
At this moment, 132,000 households in the metropolis are still in the dark. They have no electricity and in areas where there were land/mudslides, it will take longer to establish connection. A lot of people are still not in contact with their families and friends because means of communication by way of cell phones or landlines are not possible. Drinking water is also a big problem because a lot of the water mains were damaged.
It is at this time that you will see all the goodness in the world. That it does exist during these traumatic times. You will see from the news on the television that everybody is trying to lend a helping hand in some way or another. The “Bayanihan” camaraderie is evident everywhere. Charities and foundations are now accepting and distributing relief goods to those that lost most or if not all their belongings. Company giants that are in competition in business have joined forces to pledge and give to those unfortunate ones. Volunteers as young as seven year olds are doing what they can to help.
It is hard to see what tomorrow will bring for our fellowmen countrymen. After the damage, there is the subject of health problems, looking after the injured, hospitalizations and the funeral situations of the dead. If you want to help in anyway, you can contact any foundation or charitable institutions you know in the Philippines. I have listed some that you can search online for details:
Remember, a little goes a long way.