Friends, as the power of social stems from an innate sense of giving and sharing, I’m posting this appeal: amidst this season of giving, if you want to give a gift that can literally change lives, please help the storm victims in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Entire villages were swept away by flashfloods and landslides. Death toll is now at 700+, hundreds missing, and thousands more homeless.
You can donate via the Red Cross, of course, or these local organisations (they’re based in the affected areas). You can find details on the swift / bic code and other info on these pages. I’ve sent my donation to these orgs:
> Rural Missionaries of the Philippines — http://www.rmp-nmr.org/
> Xavier University — http://www.xu.edu.ph/index.php/other-news/642-bagyong-sendong-relief-operations-in-xavier-university
Here’s a glimpse of the devastation wrought by the floods: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/113597/deadly-mix-for-disaster