Across the Teach For All network, our hearts and thoughts are with the citizens of the Philippines as the country works to recover from the devastation caused by typhoon and earthquake Haiyan. Teach For the Philippines’s first cohort of Fellows began teaching in schools in Manila in April of this year. The impact of this disaster has been felt throughout the country, and we are grateful to the staff at Teach For the Philippines for sharing the following message with us:
“The Philippines is reeling from the recent earthquake and typhoon Haiyan which have hit our islands one after the other. The devastation is unprecedented and the actual loss of lives and properties are only becoming apparent as power and communication lines are gradually restored. As we attempt to wrap our minds around the tragic magnitude of Haiyan's destructive force, the Filipinos have begun the enormous task of rebuilding possibilities for those whose lives have been fractured. While all on our team have heavy hearts and are doing what we can to aid in the relief efforts, we are lucky that we are all safe. Everyone on the team has managed to contact their relatives and from the updates we received since the weekend, though homes were lost, lives were thankfully not.
This week, Conrado de Quiros, a Filipino oped columnist, wrote in reaction to the ruin and desolation, "Life thy name is frailty..."
Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. It means a lot just to know we are not alone.
If people from abroad are keen to help, support through donations is truly the most effective. Flights or supplies are often hard to coordinate overseas and needs and quantities change almost daily. The following are links to two trustworthy local organizations that are collecting donations in US Dolllars and Philippine Pesos: Ayala Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya. These are organizations that have been without controversy and we can trust that the funds will go to those that need it.
Thank you again for reaching out to us. We have heard from people all over the world and we are touched and deeply grateful. The Philippines certainly needs your thoughts and prayers and support.”