Typhoon Haiyan: What You Can Do

A survivor wipes his face under a Philippines national flag in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city (PA)

It is now estimated by the latest UN figures that up to 11 million people may have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan which struck on Friday, with 673,000 people now displaced and in urgent need of help.

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis called on Catholics to show their support for the people of the Philippines through prayer and by giving aid.

More here.

H/T to Marion.

Listed below are several charities which are sending aid to the Philippines with details of how you can support them.

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7 Responses to Typhoon Haiyan: What You Can Do

  1. Toadspitttle says:


    Nasty plaster statue survives where thousands didn’t.
    Thank God!


  2. kathleen says:

    Is that how you see it Toad?
    I think it shows the courage and faith of a people who are poor in material wealth, but oh so much richer than we are in spiritual gifts.

    This is a heart breaking situation. May God Bless our dear Philippine friends who are suffering so greatly at this time, and bring to Eternal Rest all those who have died.


  3. Toadspitttle says:

    Amen, Kathleen;. No point in wondering what it’s all about. Gets us nowhere.

    But being “poor in material wealth” does not necessarily mean being spiritually richer than others.
    Poverty often means thievery, prostitution, gang violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, as we know.
    Though not in every case, for sure – maybe not in most.

    It would be absurd to wonder why anyone “deserves” these disasters. Of course they don’t. And we can only thank God when it happens to somebody else.


  4. kathleen says:

    Poverty often means thievery, prostitution, gang violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, as we know.”

    Yes, that’s true Toad…. sometimes. But as you yourself infer, there are “rich” (materially rich, that is) who are far greater thieves in more subtle ways, “high” standing prostitutes, wealthy folk who also use violence, drugs, alcohol, etc.
    Really it is pointless to generalise here. Or to repeat St. Teresa of Avila’s well-known wisdom… but I shall none the less, and in Spanish because it sounds better. 🙂
    ” No es más rico el que más tiene sino el que menos necesita.”

    I suppose you are joking when you say we must “thank God” when bad luck hits others, rather than ourselves, but in this current terrible disaster, that is in very bad taste IMHO !


  5. Toadspitttle says:

    Yes, after writing that, Kathleen, it struck me that it was indeed badly put.
    What I should have said was, “…and we can only thank God when it doesn’t happen to us, or our friends.”
    Surely that is permissible? Either way, it scarcely can be regarded as a joke.
    I would have thought

    Interesting, and true, the St Teresa quote, which I had not heard before. But it is very similar to one by Epicurus, which says, (I paraphrase) : “If you want to make a man rich, teach him what he can live without.”


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    “If you want to make a man rich, teach him what he can live without.”

    The wisest thing you’ve ever typed on this blog, Toad, and one that is true on two levels.


  7. Toadspitttle says:

    Won’t argue on the wisdom content, JH – but I’m also very fond of this one:

    “To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness – though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”
    – Flaubert.


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