Super Typhoon Haiyan

On Friday 8th November, Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. It is one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded and it ripped through the centre of the Philippines, sustaining winds of 250km/h. 2,300 people have been killed with estimates up to 10,000. The UN estimates 11 million people have been affected and 600,000 left homeless. These survivors have been left without life’s basic needs; food, water and shelter. The typhoon ripped through the power lines of 30 of the Philippines 119 electric co-ops. There is no power in many areas and the lights will be out for a long time to come.

The children, families and staff at Kadasig are all safe and accounted for. As are the Australian volunteers who were in Cebu at the time the typhoon hit. Our thoughts are very much with those who have been affected. There is a great need now for emergency aid, food, repair and rebuilding.

Kadasig is pulling together to try and make an effort to support those in so much need. It is certainly a mammoth effort and even the Philippine government is struggling to coordinate efforts. The Australian government has donated $30 million to date.

So what can we do? Imagine darkness falls, you have no bed, no food, no home, no light. Even though our organisation is small, we can still help. Kadasig has in the past sent Manadarin Solar Lights in the thousands to the families in Cebu and other organisations that Kadasig supports. Read more here. The solar lights have made a difference for so many in the past and we know will be of enormous benefit to the people affected by the typhoon. Kadasig does not have the ability to supply food and water, although we know those are the primary needs, however we can supply light, to those suffering most in Leyte and Bohol. This renewable energy source is safe, durable, effective and free for the families with no need for replacement batteries or recharging and lasts up to 5 years. Each light costs only $10 Australian. We hope to send as many as possible. We have until Tuesday to raise the funds (ADDITION: Thank you to everyone who already donated we sent the first shipment of 1000 lights on Tuesday 19th November. We are still raising money though for a second shipment so please don’t stop donating!). If you can help by donating $10 for one light you can make a difference for one family. Or perhaps you can manage a little bit more and affect the lives of many.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

― Edward Everett Hale

If you would like to make a donation towards the typhoon relief fund, you can donate money to:

    Account name: Kadasig No 2 Account

    BSB 083276

    Account no. 172040420

    Reference : typhoon “your name”

Thank you to everyone for your kindness and ongoing support.

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