On December 16, 2021, a Category 5 Hurricane, known as a Super Typhoon, struck the Central Philippines, wreaking havoc on the villages of Saint Bernard and San Ricardo and other villages in the Province of Southern Leyte. Because these are towns by the seaside, the hurricane's powerful winds combined with the storm surge severely damaged and destroyed 95% of the homes in the region, displacing thousands of people. The hurricane's aftermath is so severe that I'm at a loss for words to convey how bad things are right now.
People are asking for basic necessities such as food, drink, clothing, and even sleeping mats because there is no electricity or telephones. It is estimated that it will take at least three months to restore everything. And it will take an eternity to recover from the stress and dread caused by the hurricane. As of this writing, assistance from the national government has not yet arrived, and people are struggling to meet basic needs like food, water, and clothing.
It's heartbreaking to see people pleading for help on the news, and all I can do is feel horrible and be sad since there's nothing I can do. But I know that this will not be the first time I will use this platform to raise money, and I'm considering doing it again, this time for the people I care about rather than for myself.
In this season of sharing and giving, I sincerely request that all of your generous hearts assist those in our province who are in severe need of food, water, and even clothing. Any donation will be immensely welcomed and will undoubtedly benefit the people.
I'll be in touch with the local administration and the appropriate persons to ensure that the entire donation goes to the intended purpose.