In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged parts of the Philippines, relief efforts have been growing across the greater Toronto area as those affected struggle to find access to clean water, shelter and medical care.
On Nov. 8, Typhoon Haiyan descended on the Philippines and left millions of homes and villages destroyed.
According to the U.S. government website, currently 5,209 people are confirmed dead, thousands more are injured, and millions displaced from their homes.
In Toronto, many in the Filipino community have been affected by the disaster, some losing loved ones and others knowing at least someone in the country in need of supplies and shelter.
In Scarborough, the Filipino Alliance Church of Toronto started its Haiyan Relief Project and, according to Pastor Rod Felomino, it has raised thousands of dollars already.
“From our contributions we have raised about $40,000 so far and we are collecting non-perishable goods and clothing to donate to the survivors until Nov. 30,” said Felomino.
Meanwhile, some people who have been personally affected by the typhoon are taking actions of their own.
Jennifer Adame has family and friends that were affected by the earthquake and typhoon, and to give back she organized her own fundraiser at Statlers bar in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley area.
On Nov. 23, all drink purchases, as well as cash donations, and 50/50 raffle tickets sold at the event, went towards supplies for shelter in the areas hit hardest by the typhoon.
“A lot of organizations are focusing on food and water supplies but we decided to have half of our proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity,” said Adame.
“We’re hoping we can raise enough money for them to be able to ship supplies needed to re-build homes because shelter is an important thing a lot of organizations are forgetting about,” said Adame.
At Humber College, Clayton Kelly, a second-year business management student, said if Humber plans to do its own event for typhoon relief they should probably stop while they’re ahead.
“I think Humber shouldn’t do their own fundraiser because that would cost them money,” said Kelly. “Instead, they should just help promote the main fundraisers happening to maximize the relief funds.”
Donate to the typhoon relief efforts through websites of different organizations like UNICEF and World Vision among others.