It will be one year tomorrow when super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines. It was a very tragic catastrophe to our country but this just again proved that Filipinos can withstand hardships of any kind. Through this, the Filipino bayanihan spirit had prevailed and reigned. All people, young and old acted voluntarily to aid the typhoon survivors. Various projects were formed by different organizations and institutions. Among the many are Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) ‘s Oplan Damayan, La Salle University-Ozamiz’ Halad: A Concert for a Cause, and Ozamiz’ small group of young professionals and businessmen’s #TabangGikanSaMindanao. With this, even from a little child’s one peso, a tricycle driver’s one kilo of rice, to a big businessman’s thousands of pesos, all donations were directly given to those who were greatly affected by the typhoon. There was no help big or small. Every single help were counted to ebb away the pain and infliction Yolanda brought to our country. Read the poem below written by a Yolanda survivor that describes how the super typhoon came to claim lives.
Do not sleep.
Indeed, Yolanda came like a theft in the night. It was the Unwanted Visitor. Through prayer and intercession, we can ask God to ease the pain and trauma of the Yolanda survivors. A year or two or another year. They still need us. We might’ve given them their physical needs but they still have their emotional needs which must be given attention. Since we cannot be there for them physically, at least we still have them in our prayers.
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