Article By: Erin O’Reilly
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The devastation of Haiyan remains a shock to many of us as we grasp all efforts for relief and involvement; the typhoon caused immense damage to both the people, environment, and wildlife. In consequence, it can be predicted that the local community will continue to feel the effects of this disaster for years to come. Sustained relief effort in this event is incredibly vital for progressive recovery; examples of disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti (2010) or the tsunami in Japan (2011) perhaps display the rippling effects of a drop in relief effort, as many of these victims are still suffering.
AS A MEMBER OF THE ISM COMMUNITY: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUSTAIN THE RELIEF EFFORTS?
1. CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS:
Although national press coverage of Haiyan may drop over the next few weeks, continue to generate awareness and motivate others to get involved in the relief process.
2. ORGANIZE AND ATTEND RELIEF RELATED EVENTS:
Through our vast number of clubs and organizations, we have great opportunities to raise awareness, as well as both monetary and material relief donations. If you are not involved with the organization of such events, try to attend as many as possible! An upcoming event would be FAC’s Red Carpet Night in January 2014.
3. DONATE MATERIALS
Although money is important in the rebuilding of the community, material donations are vital in creating the sustainable systems that will last months, even years, from now. Material donations can be brought to the Giving Tree booth outside the cafeteria.
Examples of material donations include:
First Aid kits
4. SUPPORT THE SMALLER LOCAL RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
Oftentimes, local organizations and NGOs have more direct access to the affected areas as they have a narrower focus and direct all of their efforts to a particular community. When getting involved with these organizations, your efforts are more easily recognized, and often have a larger impact.
5. SUPPORT OUR MANILA SERVICE PARTNERS
Many of the Haiyan victims have immigrated to the Manila area in light of the destruction of their homes. In consequence, many of our local service partners have been overwhelmed, and are in more need of our help now than ever. Organize efforts within school clubs, attend saturday service events, etc.