Humanitarian crisis in the Philippines - Please help us!
by Rebecca Villafuerte
Dear editor at How-To-Fight-Poverty.com,
My warmest greetings to you and your team!
I hope you are doing well by the time you receive this letter.
I live in a town that was devastated by the super typhoon that ravaged the Philippines about three months ago. Livelihoods of many people were lost and most of them got without jobs.
This week our town has been experiencing flooding again and we don't know when the flooding will stop.
As you may imagine, as a community we have not started our recovery from the profound crisis generated by such natural disaster.
On top of that, just a few days ago, the very first harvest of rice took place in our poor town though the reapers and gleaners couldn’t finish it on time. On the one hand the gleaners were out of number and on the other the rice collected by the reapers was very little.
Most of these poor reapers and gleaners are my neighbors. They vented their profound frustration with me: "Our income today is only 35.00 pesos for 2 kilos of rice, but that is before we deduct transportation and other harvest expenses. The remainder is not enough for our families’ survival".
When I heard this, I must say that I became speechless since I realized how desperate they were and the magnitude of such humanitarian crisis. I wished I would have had the means to somehow alleviate such terrible hardship.
I am not a politician nor trying to impress in order to get some personal reward. No, I am sincerely concerned for them and since they don’t speak English I think it is my duty to help them by raising this call for help. I feel their sorrow as they struggle to survive one more day.
This is a call for urgent help!
These people require assistance for their livelihood and a capital seed in order to be able to generate a decent income.
I need to touch the heart of at least one of your readers that is in a position to give us a hand.
I look forward to hearing from anybody who would be willing to help us. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I pray to the Lord that he may touch many souls with our plea and on the other hand reward your efforts in helping the poor. You and I share the same passion in sincerely seeking the opportunity to help others.