UN, NGOs call for continued help for Yolanda victims

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 25, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Now that 100 days have passed since Typhoon Yolanda ravaged parts of the Philippines, is there enough long-term help for our kababayans there?

While the United Nations commends the authorities, UN agencies and non-government organizations for the pace of progress in the Philippines following the world’s biggest storm, the UN reminds people not to be complacent.

The UN says millions of survivors are still without adequate shelter and without means of livelihood.

Typhoon Yolanda killed more than 6,200 people and damaged more than one million houses, leaving more than four million people homeless and without jobs.

ABS-CBN Foundation International Managing Director Jo Ann Kyle recently returned from a needs assessment trip to storm-hit areas of the Philippines. She said her organization’s efforts will be focused on education and livelihood programs for storm survivors.

“We need to get the parents of these kids back to earning money so they can take care of their families,” Kyle said, adding that the foundation also built temporary schools and donated fishing boats as part of its programs.

Lynda Borromeo of the Autism Hearts Foundation said that some of the most vulnerable victims of Yolanda are children with autism and their families. Working with the Department of Health, her organization was able to raise funds for families with autistic children in the affected areas. She said their greatest needs are to get their children back to school.

“The need to go back to school, they need to go back to their therapy programs,” Borromeo said. “They see that their children are regressing.”

Kyle said ABS-CBN Foundation International plans to stay and work in the storm-hit regions until a better community can be built for the survivors.

“Please continue supporting the victims of Yolanda,” she said. “Keep giving out your love. It doesn’t have to be monetary. There’s so much we can do for those who were affected.”

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  • Kikay Pang0
    26 February 2014 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Here’s how the Phil. govt. operates and treating their own citizens unfairly . They’re ready to spend $422 millions on 12 second rate fighter jets without qualified pilots to fly them . Everything they do is backwards and not giving importance on any other extreme problems to make the country more livable..