November 1, 2020, Super Typhoon Goni (Locally named Typhoon Rolly) devastated the Philippines with winds upward of 195 mph. It affected more than 517,000 people. It landed on Catanduanes Island then travelled to the main island of Luzon and the capital city of Manila. It caused major damage with volcanic mudflows (lahar from Mt. Mayon Volcano),landslides & flooding to homes and even shelters in the area. The areas affected art Bicol Region including Alby province. Many areas still remain inaccessible. As of the newest report, 25 people are reported dead. (News)
On November 11, 2020, Typhoon Vamco (Locally named Typhoon Ulysses), another typhoon struck the Philippines again. Days apart, Typhoon Ulysses made landfall in Patnanungan, Quezon City, Manila (where the river in Marikina rose 3 feet in less that 3 hours). The typhoon moved and flooded areas as it traveled north to Tuguegarao and the Cagayan Province & Isabella where it inflicted the brunt of the damage. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) they report 37 people are dead to date and many are still missing. (News)
Florence Nightingale Global Health acted quickly with our volunteers and partners to organize an urgent and immediate response. Our board members, Kay Danes, Reid Perkins and Douglas Payne worked tirelessly to update our website with the latest campaign information. Kay and Reid are also members of the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers and this partnership opened opportunities for FNGH to connect with other people of action. Tara Hack, a singer/songwriter, offered to do a live Facebook Concert with The Rebel Kicks to help raise funds. This event was held on November 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Funds from this fundraiser are being sent and used to serve the communities affected by the typhoons. We also have another LIVE concert with Tara Hack and The Rebel Kicks on December 14, 2020 at 7pm. (Details will be provided at our Events page)
FNGH members and friends stocked and sent six Balikbayan Boxes filled with vital supplies, which were received and distributed by our Rotarian partners on the ground in the Philippines - the Rotary Club of Catarman.
FNGH volunteer, Neil Gavino, is a medical student in Tuguegarao, and he contacted me through messenger.
"I can hear people drowning and people crying for assistance. There are no life boats and no other aid has arrived... everyone is trying to contact their loved ones for help....please help us!" - Neil Gavino.
Acting on this urgent appeal to FNGH, we immediately sent US$200 to Neil through Western Union to purchase whatever supplies he and his team could access and distribute to the survivors. We plan to send more funds to our Rotarian partners in District 3800 through DGE Augie Soliman, DG Tonipi Parungao, ARPIC Lzl Amaptuan, DG 3820 Gov. Ray Atienza to their District Calamity Fund of RI District 3800 which will provide needed supplies and support for the victims of the typhoon.
Below are some photos from Neil Gavino in Tuguegarao which resulted in the aid of blankets and the purchase of more blankets, toiletries and towels.
Help us give where the need is greatest! A little really does go a very long way!