Anne Beryl Corotan
SANDIWA, the National Alliance of Filipino American Youth
40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377
Our motherland, the Philippines was struck by a typhoon of unprecedented magnitude last September 26, 2009 putting over 26 provinces under a state of calamity. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released that the 85 kph typhoon “Ondoy” surpassed the highest 24-hour rainfall recorded in June 1967 in Metro Manila. The 15th tropical cyclone of the year made landfall on eastern Luzon Island from the Pacific Ocean Saturday afternoon and was expected to leave at 230 km to the northwest in Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning towards the South China Sea.
Continuous rains and flash floods measuring stories in height, forcing people to take shelter on rooftops left 280,000 people affected and exposed to the elements. These Filipinos were evacuated but many are still stranded and displaced with the number of casualties ever growing to proportions unheard of in Metro Manila with whole shantytowns engulfed by the floodwaters in mere hours. The onrushing water spared none. Automobiles and other heavy objects were carried along by the mighty current, with both affluent and poor families displaced leaving whole communities in chaos and untold amounts of property damage. Migrant families expressed their concerns and worries towards their families and friends devastated by the calamity.
The National Alliance of Filipino American Youth, SanDiwa is the youth arm of a bigger alliance, NAFCON, the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns with member organizations in over 13 major states in the United States. These two alliances in collaboration with all its member organizations, individuals, allies and related coalitions are currently nationally coordinating relief actions to facilitate support and aid to the victims of the calamity.
We request for your kind support in making sure that we provide immediate relief to the victims by donating relief goods, most importantly medical supplies, clothes, blankets and other basic necessities to be sent back to the Philippines. The drop off center in North East will be at the Bayanihan Community center, the national office of NAFCON and SANDIWA at 40-21 69th St. Woodside, New York 11377.
If you would like to participate in NAFCON’s “typhoon ONDOY”-BAYANihan disaster relief and rehabilitation program please reach out to us by calling the center at 7185658862, Anne Beryl at 5169011632 in east coast or Ryan 6265344971in west coast. You can also email us at Sandiwa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much for all your support and let us once again relive the spirit of Bayanihan and together let us put forth all our efforts to ensure that not only our families and friends but all the people affected get the support they direly need from our kababayan right now. Maraming Salamat po!
Anne Beryl Corotan
SANDIWA, The National Alliance of Filipino Youth
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