By Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 22, 2013
ANTHEM, AZ – Concern for the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda has moved children in the Kumon Learning Center in Anthem, Arizona to reach out to those in need.
The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that the death toll from this month’s typhoon has now reached more than 5,200.
As of press time, more than 23,000 were injured and about 1,500 are still missing. The world’s strongest typhoon also displaced about three million people.
5-year old Paolo Tumibay is no stranger to calamities. At a young age, he witnessed the wrath of Typhoon Pablo in 2010, while vacationing in the Philippines with his family.
“I’m very proud that at such a young age, he already has the yearning to help,” Gina Santiago, Paolo’s teacher said.
Paolo expressed, “There are many people who want to help them. They have no food, no houses.”
His mother, Mirad, said, “Helping is empowerment for him so he knows he can make a difference.”
Paolo encouraged his classmates to write messages of hope and love — on top of the lids of these cans.
They also prepared posters for a car wash organized by the Filipino community, which raised close to two thousand dollars for the victims of the typhoon.
11-year old Liz Lindain said, “You have to donate because all these people are in a bad place.”
Funds and goods gathered from these events in Arizona will be donated to an orphanage in Tacloban City — the hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
These kids said they may be oceans of miles away but they hope kids from the Philippines will know…that help is on the way.