The super-typhoon that devastated the Eastern Visayas of the Philippines, killed over 6,111 people, and left 1,779 missing was itself a tremendous moment. But, what made this a unique moment for BAYAN-PNW, was the transformative mobilization the region undertook to raise funds for the search and rescue efforts for the survivors. Combined, Washington and Oregon raised a total of over $50,000 towards BALSA, a Mindanao-based relief organization. In fact, according to the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns, the U.S.-based partner organization for BALSA, Washington State was one of the top three states for Haiyan donations, coming out third after California and New York. In addition, BAYAN activists from both Seattle and Portland traveled to the Philippines for the first two BALSA National Relief Missions, to hand out relief packs and document the aid work. Altogether, NAFCON raised over $500,000 for grassroots relief in the typhoon-effected areas of Samar and Leyte.
Read about PCHRP member, Nikki Deleon’s experience doing Typhoon relief in the Philippines at her photo blog http://www.ndlarawan.com