My dad is in Hospice Care in Oregon after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. With a short time to live he is to the point to where even swallowing has become a difficult process. Yet every day, three times a day, a meal comes, largely uneaten, thrown away as another is prepared. He has lost 50 pounds from his healthy 185 weight. Just a shell of what he was.
As my heart breaks for my father for suffering with a debilitating disease, it also breaks for those around the world suffering with a polar situation. No meals coming daily, no food to be thrown away, losing weight daily with no reason other than social inequity. War, corruption, politics, natural disaster among other causes afflict them as a social disease eating away at their health and life. Their lives are shells of what they should be.
I can do little for my dad other than comfort and presence. Thank God for Hospice and the volunteers there. There is much I can do for the rest of the world.
Money, time, influence, action – all these I vow to do for the hungry around the globe with my dad in mind.
Won’t you join me? #Twitterforfood Tuesday 11/2 - skip a meal with 1000's on twitter and use the $'s to fund local and global hunger relief.
The Philippines has been struck by Typhoon "Ondoy" (International Name-Ketsana) last September 26, leaving many parts of the country under water. This weather disturbance dumped a total of 455 millimeters of rain in Quezon City alone in 24 hours, compared to the 250 millimeters of rain that Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans in Louisiana in the United States in 2005. About 51 persons have died, 23 are missing and hundreds of thousands have been affected by tropical storm "Ondoy" that has caused heavy downpour and massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
As of Sunday, search and rescue workers were still continuing to retrieve residents who stayed at the second, third floors and even at the rooftop of their houses in the Provident village in Marikina city and in the nearby Pasig city and Cainta town in Rizal province.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council said that of the 51 fatalities they have recorded, most were from southern Tagalog which pegged 44 dead - 23 from Tanay, 10 in Angono, five in Baras,three in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), all in Rizal; one in Calaca, Batangas and one in Calauag, Quezon. One died in Kabugao in Apayao.
In Metro Manila, six were reported dead - three of them in Muntinlupa City, two in Quezon City and one in Marikina. However, radio reports indicated as of noon that eight fatalities were already recovered from the flooded Provident village in Marikina city. Through Gawad Kalinga--a Philippine-based poverty reduction and nation-building movement launched by Couples for Christ (CFC)--a Catholic lay community, to care for worse-off Filipinos and survivors of natural disasters, we call on all the living everyday heroes to take part in bringing concrete hope to the affected families.
The affected communities need the following :
1. Within the next three to four days (Sept. 28-Oct. 1)
a. ready-to-eat food which do not need to be cooked like boiled eggs, sandwiches, cooked rice, sardines, tuna, meatloaf, bread, margarine, peanut butter. They also need bottled water, everyday clothes (including underwear) for both adults and children. Please send mats for the families to sleep on.
b. By October 2, please prepare food packs of canned goods, rice, instant noodles, instant pancit canton, bread and bottled water.
You can bring all goods to Operation GK "Walang Iwanan" Headquarters at RFM Gym along Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City (contact person : Raul Dizon 0917-888-8109).
If you are nearer to any of these areas, you can also deliver straight to our command centers:
1. GK Camacho, Marikina (Bodoy 0917-888-8276)
2. GK Tatalon, Quezon City (Bobby 0918-906-9075) 3. GK Brookside, Quezon City (Rabbi 0906-462-7232) 4. GK Sitio Ruby, Quezon City (Benjie 0906-286-4447) 5. GK Sitio Pajo, Quezon City (Mar 0919-208-8784) 6. GK Selecta, Cainta (Dolphy 0928-604-4632) 7. GK Caliuag, Pasig City (Ryan 0922-859-6453) 8. GK Pinagsama, Taguig City (Raul 0919-229-1416) 9. GK PBA, Pateros City (Cesar 0905-235-7929)
For your cash donations, here are the following ways to transmit :
2. Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills with Swift code : BOPIPHMM
(Should you need receipts, please fax your deposit slip to : Delfin Mangona, Operation GK Walang Iwanan at 632-726-7405. Kindly indicate name of donor and contact number.)
3. For donations outside the Philippines, you can choose from the following:
ANCOP USA www.ancopusa.org or you can send your checks to ANCOP USA, PO Box 10095, Torrance, CA 90505.Or go to www.ancopusa.org if you prefer to do it online via credit card.
4. AYALA FOUNDATION USA You can issue checks payable to Ayala Foundation USA with project noted (Gawad Kalinga Ondoy Relief) and send to :
Ayala Foundation USA255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428 Redwood City, CA 94065 Tel. no. 1-650-598-3126Fax No. 1-650-508-8898 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can donate to Ayala Foundation USA via credit card by visiting http://www.af-usa.org/donate_now_form.asp. In "choosing organization to receive the donation", please choose "Gawad Kalinga-Community Infrastructure Program" for now.
By tomorrow, September 29, Tuesday Philippine Time, you will be able to choose "Gawad Kalinga-Relief". DONATE ONLINE AT www.gk1world.com. Visit us at www.gk1world.com and click on "Operation GK Walang Iwanan (Click to Donate)".
This facility can accept donations from all over the world. Daily updates on the needs of affected communities will be posted on www.gk1world.com so we can respond quickly and appropriately.
Thank you for all your prayers and all the effort in doing as much as you can for the people in need. Let us help rebuild and restore hope.