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.

  • the moother

    Joe Klein jokes in 3… 2… 1…

    • Matt Eggler

      Funny how you never see Joe Klein making joke comments on this blog about never seeing Joe Klein doing something.

  • Robster

    No doubt a nasty storm, can’t have been all that bad though, the trees in the image seem to still have their leaves.

    • Feminerd

      Um, have you never seen palm trees? It’s damned hard to strip the leaves off.

      This was a super typhoon. It was a stronger storm than Hurricane Sandy that hit New York just recently. It was indeed all that bad.

      EDIT: New information suggests well over 10,000 dead, and they’re still not in communication with some islands.

    • Smiles

      The wind speed upon landfall was around 165 mph…is that not “bad” enough for you?

      • Jeff Sorreda

        Haiyan had a sustained wind speed of 195 mph upon landfall with gusts up to 235 mph.

  • averydashwood

    The estimates of the dead have gone up by at least ten times since Hemant posted this. One cannot help but wonder how much warming sea temperatures and rising ocean levels caused by our consumption of fossil fuels contributed to this disaster.

    • Smiles

      Current estimate is 10,000 and relief efforts are being hampered by panicked looting of aid supplies… While the non-theist community rallies support, the Vatican has offered prayer.

  • Richard Wade

    I’ve been giving to several causes and charities lately, but I can donate just a little more. Thank you Hemant, and thank you Foundation Beyond Belief.

  • Jose Juan Paraiso

    Thank you Mr. Hemant Mehta and the Foundation Beyond Belief to you help. The survivors need this more than prayers.

  • M. Elaine

    I’m a Filipino (born and raised there; in the U.S. now) and also a supporting member of FBB, so this effort is close to my heart. Thank you for helping out.

  • AngieO

    This U.S. atheist is currently living in Manila and donated time and money to the recovery effort. The US dollar goes a LONG way here (.02 USD = 1 PHP). Please help if you can.