NAFCON Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Program
November 21, 2013
Dear Friends and Supporters,
In just ten days, we have raised over $220,000 from over 3,300 individuals for the immediate aid of our kababayans back home in the Philippines. We owe this entirely to your generosity of spirit and selfless contributions of time, money and other resources.
California State Senator Mark Leno, New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim, the University of California Berkeley, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, 18 Million Rising, the Salvadoran American National Alliance, Russell Simmons, Macklemore, Questlove, Raekwon, Dante Basco, and countless others have supported our people-to-people relief efforts. These individual, organizational and community efforts have added up to an unprecedented grassroots outpouring of support extending the spirit of bayanihan to our sisters and brothers in the Philippines.
On the ground, our Philippine partner Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA) has completed their rapid assessment of the conditions and needs in devastated areas. As a national disaster relief and rehabilitation organization made up of community and church-based groups, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, BALSA is able to effectively reach beyond just Tacloban to the numerous far-flung towns and rural areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan throughout Samar and Leyte, as well as affected areas of Luzon and Mindanao. Thousands of tons of rice, canned goods, clean water and toiletries have been delivered.
Today, a 500 person relief caravan of medical professionals and other volunteers from Manila, Cebu, and Mindanao will converge in Samar and Leyte to deliver much needed food, water, medical aid, and psycho-social therapy to families in impacted communities.
TaskForce Haiyan has been launched in New York-New Jersey, the San Francisco-Bay Area, Seattle, the Greater Los Angeles area, and other cities to coordinate efforts among churches, unions, civic leaders and businesses, large and small. As media attention fades and the enormity of the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines comes fully to light, we will need to intensify and expand our efforts, and we look forward to doing that with you. Medical and solidarity missions from the U.S. will also be organized in the coming weeks.
As we enter Thanksgiving season, we also urge you to please forward this message to your family, friends, colleagues, and employers. Let us be thankful for our blessings by taking action on behalf of those who greatly need our support and solidarity.
Terrence A. Valen, MPH
NAFCON BAYANIHAN DISASTER RELIEF REGIONAL COORDINATORS:
- NATIONAL: Terrence Valen (President); pres @ nafconusa.org; (415) 333–6267
- NORTHWEST: Seattle: Freedom Siyam; nw @ nafconusa.org; (206) 659–1896 / Portland; Valerie Francisco; email@example.com; (925) 726-5768
- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Ryan Leano; nc @ nafconusa.org; (626) 534-4971
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Alex Montances; sc @ nafconusa.org; (253) 381–7444
- MIDWEST: Nerissa Allegretti; mw @ nafconusa.org; (224) 381–6888
- EAST COAST: Michelle Saulon; ne @ nafconusa.org; (650) 808–5043
- DC AREA: Pia Rivera; info @ gabrieladc.org; (202) 681-7779
NAFCON Mailing Address: Attn: NAFCON-USA, 4681 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112
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