Social media is not just about “spraying & praying”, it can be used to research topics and here is what I have found out in the last 48 hours about the needs of the people of the Philippines…
Mid November I did some research on how best we could help those impacted by the typhoon the week before… here’s the blog…
I shared this with members of the Rotary Club of Windsor & Eton at the time and agreed to follow up post Christmas to see how we could better help…
First thing I did yesterday was go to LinkedIn and post a comment on the Official Rotary International Group… this prompted a reply from Jesse Tanchanco, past President of Rotary Club of Loyola Heights D3780 Quezon City, Philippines. He produces The Loyola Star, a weekly club bulletin, please download and read a recent copy.
I contacted The Rotary Club of Banilad Metro via Facebook, I connected first back in November. Allan Limas, past club President who is heading up the disaster relief in his area forwarded the three pdf’s below which help us understand what is happening & what is needed.
- Rotary Club of Banilad Metro Community Rebuilding
- Rotary Club of Banilad Metro Disaster Response
- Rotary Club of Banilad Metro Fish Again
I also did a Google search for recent news stories and found an article about a Jonan Castillon from Rotary Club of Iloilo and made contact through LinkedIn.
I asked each of them what they felt were the 5 most urgent items needed and have combined the information below:
- £1,500 – to rebuild a school classroom (90% of all public schools were affected. most classes are done in makeshift tents)
- £500 – for a 20 ft native fishing boat with motor (more than 100,000 were lost or damaged during the storm) there are cheaper boats but these are shared by the fishing community, ensuring a wise investment.
- £300 – to rebuild a new home (millions still homeless)
- £100 – a new set of tools and equipment for trades people (carpenters, tailors, seamstress, etc.)
- £20 – a new bag, some notebooks, a pair of slippers for a primary school student
- $5 – two full meals for a family of six in a day
- Blankets, mats, nails, sakolin (tarpaulin) and other resources are also needed so all donations are gratefully received.
Filipinos are more interested in getting their lively hoods back on track… if they can get back fishing then they can feed their families and with 100,000 boats lost or damaged by the storms, this is a priority.
Click the images below and visit the various Facebook pages…
Jonan Castillon is currently in New Zealand and so contact his friend Gracious Espinosa, President of Junior Chamber International Ilang-Ilang regarding my question, as they have been actively involved in providing help around Panay Island area.
I will be passing on the information to my Rotary Club… if you feel you would like to help them directly then contact the clubs above or contact me and once we have decided on our club approach I will let you know.
Social media was blinking useful in making this happen… how else would it?
Jonathan L Davey
The Berkshire Blog
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