Atheists Support Recovery Efforts in the Philippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan

As we speak, the people of the Philippines are suffering the after-effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Debris in the city of Legazpi following Super Typhoon Haiyan (Nelson Salting – Associated Press)

A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 or more.

“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.

That’s just what we know right now. The devastation by the time you read this is likely much, much higher. It has been described as the most powerful storm in recorded history and we need to take action immediately to help those who are struggling in its wake.

The Foundation Beyond Belief is asking atheists (and anyone else who would like to join us) to help with the relief efforts:

At this writing, we still do not know the extent of the disaster, but catastrophic damage, massive flooding and mudslides, and significant loss of life are anticipated. In response to what will certainly be an urgent need for humanitarian aid, Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Crisis Response program is now collecting funds in support of recovery efforts in the Philippines.

We have selected CITIZENS’ DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER, a seasoned and effective community-based relief organization in the Philippines, as the beneficiary of this drive. 100 percent of all donations will be forwarded to CDRC throughout the course of the drive.

The drive will go for around a week and the donations will be sent over soon after that. Please give what you can!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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