The early reports from storm-ravaged Tacloban and elsewhere in the direct path of Yolanda or Haiyan are HORRIFIC. Hundreds of casualties, and news of the staggering damage to properties, crops and infrastructure are now just emerging… We need to band together on an unprecedented scale to help those who have been hardest hit by the storm. This afternoon, our Zubuchon GM who has immediate family on Bantayan island, is trying to get to the island to see how family and relatives have fared, as there are no communications lines open as of yet. We have staff with families in Ormoc, Northern Cebu and Coron who are all waiting to hear news. Marketman & Family are currently trying to organize personal and corporate assistance in the days ahead.
I know I once asked for readers help for our feeding programs for undernourished school children many years ago and dozens and dozens of you abroad responded then — so please let me know what you are thinking. I am not an official conduit for assistance and encourage you to seek those avenues if you prefer, but if you wish to help in tandem with our efforts, then I will try to re-open bank accounts that I used for the feeding programs. You have nothing more than my word that every single cent or centavo that you send will end up in food, medical or other similar assistance to areas where we will be able to get to and operate in the days ahead. We are likely to focus our assistance to Northern Cebu and elsewhere if it makes sense. I am headed to Cebu on Monday and can open up an account (and beg the bank to waive massive fees for incoming remittances) then and I will do a post on how you can assist if you would like to.
Thank you very much.