2012 has been a year of natural disasters. Parts of the USA are still undergoing restoration following monster storm Sandy. Oher countries such as Haiti and other Caribbean Islands where hit by the same storm and face ongoing problems.
The Philippine Islands and its population are no strangers to natural disasters but the recovery from Typhoon Bopha is taking its toll. It was one of the worst disasters to hit the Islands. With Christmas just around the corner a huge amount of people are still homeless.
Today December 21, 2012, eleven days after the typhoon swept across the islands causing havoc, there is news of appeals by charities such as Unicef and the Red Cross to help the people of the Philippines. You could make it your extra special Christmas gift to send a donation, however small.
300,000 people remain holeless and face an uncertain future unless help gets to them. They are occupying temporary shelters but supplying food, water and essential items is both costly and difficult. Rebuilding will cost money and take time.
The situation is now crucial for around 200,000 victims of Bopha in the area. At least 1,000 people were killed in the storm.
By now in the West most people will have spent an obscene amount of money on their forthcomig Christmas celebrations. The shopping will be almost over and it is getting to that time when we all begin to enjoy the Holidays with our feet up in our warm and cosy homes. Not so in the Philippines were the situation is becoming desperate.
Give what you can to alleviate the suffering being experienced by the people of the Philippines. Many were poor before Bopha hit but now have nothing. Show a little Christmas spirit and give generously.