The clouds are angry; the wind and torrential rain are beating on your simple home. You figure that you are quite inland, so your area may avoid some floods. However, the winds and rains continue to pummel your home, and you glance toward the direction of the sea and notice the tidal surge is heading your way. You are recovering from surgery after having a baby a few months earlier. Your husband is in the military and is away on duty. You look at your four children and pray to God for help and inspiration. Soon you venture outside in the pounding rain and see a man heading for the hills. You ask him to help your children. He wades through the flooding streets, and takes them to the town water tower and helps lift them up to safety. You follow behind painfully slowly, and he lifts you up too.
Over the next couple of days the waters recede back into the ocean, and all you see is total devastation. Your entire neighborhood is flattened. There is no sign of life. As the days roll on, you smell the decay. You’ve got to get out of there for your children. Your children cry from hunger and thirst. You’ve got to get out…
It has been almost a week. You made your way to another town where you will be boarding a boat to another island. The ride will be slow and long. You will arrive in two days. You and your children and the good Samaritan survived. The rest of your neighborhood perished. You look at your children and pray…
This is the true story.
One of the nuns from my son’s Catholic school was telling me this story about her sister back in the Philippines. According to her, over 75% of the residents of the town have passed away.
Not only did the people in the Philippines endure a record setting typhoon that made Katrina pale in comparison, but now the struggle continues as food, water, and bare necessities are virtually impossible to find.
We here in the USA tend to be very generous. However, if you choose to give to help the people there, be careful as there are many scams already happening. My elderly mom has received many phone calls to give to this or that relief fund, but I told her I would research the best place. I decided to give through the Catholic diocese since all of the nuns at the local Catholic church are from the Philippines and maintain close ties to home. Since my husband and his family are from the Philippines, we know several people from the local Phil-Am organization. That would be another good place to check into since these people maintain strong ties to their original homeland.
As for the people in the Philippines, the road to recovery will be a rocky one. They do need our prayers and donations immediately.