We felt our country cried for help when the strongest typhoon on earth named Haiyan/Yolanda devastated the central region in the Philippines. According to the latest report of NDRRMC, as of 29th of December, 6,155 individuals were reported dead, 28,626 were injured and 1,785 are still missing. A total of 3,424,593 families equivalent to 16,078,181 persons were affected in 12,139 barangays in 44 provinces, 591 municipalities, and 57 regions of IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and CARAGA. Out of the total affected, 890,895 families or 4,095, 280 persons were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers.
On 10th of November, after seeing the news reports, the Filipino-Czech Assocation (FCA) started a stronger charity campaign to help the Philippines. A month before the typhoon, FCA with the European Network of Filipino Diaspora-Czech Republic (ENFiD-CZ), was already in the process of developing a strategy on how to help on the long-term recovery and rehabilitation of the earthquake victims on the same region, particularly in Bohol, Philippines. Most of the Filipinos in Czech Republic felt for many kababayans and friends whose families were situated on the regions. Knowing they do not have food, electricity, water, sanitation, with destroyed houses and wiped-out cities, we all felt to unite and rise up as a nation to help our countrymen. In Czech Republic, we started an information campaign to inform people where they can send their donations, followed by series of actions from the Filipino community and events made by different groups and companies in Czech Republic. FCA has a total collection of 122,567 Czech Korunas approx 273,000 Philippine Pesos. This amount is attributed to the united effort of the Filipino community, FCA members and from the small groups, organizations and companies in Czech Republic.
FCA has identified and qualified 12 beneficiaries, Filipino migrants/residents of Czech Republic whose families and communities were greatly devastated by Yolanda last November and/or the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October: from Tacloban, (1) Rosemarie Balajadia Muni and (2) Josephine Reyes; from Capiz, (3) Mary Jane Balgos, (4) Gerry Navea and (5) Jessa Flores; from Leyte, (6) Olive Nitura, and (7) Evlan Baldo Los Banos; from Eastern Samar (8) Marivic Pokorna; from Bohol (9) Zhina Debefova and (10) Josephine Unajan Blecha; and 2 small communities in (11) North Iloilo and (12) Pinamopoan Leyte. Most recipients mentioned that the charity will be used to reconstruct their houses, for their food and make a living. Rose Muni also added that it will greatly help in the recovery of her father who was traumatized from the typhoon as the father not only lost a home but also lost a wife.
FCA and ENFiD-CZ greatly thank the following: (1) Prague Shakespeare Company and Lily Chu for the Cymbeline benefit show; (2) FCA Christmas Party and Charity Committee which spearheaded the charity bazaar, charity tombola, christmas charity program, photo booth and bake sale; (3) St. Thomas Community (4) Upper Room Community in Brno (5) Thai Massage shops of Anna Lou and Ondrej Lenc (6) The Pilgrim and the Romanian Community in Brno, (7) Philippine Embassy, (8) Faith in Jesus Church (9) Moneygram (10) Vienna Christian Fellowship (11) Brown Box Books and Jeffrey Zamoff (12) Pnoy Taste of Asia (13) the Filipino and Czech families/communities and most specially to all anonymous and unmentioned donors who generously gave in times when Philippines was in great need. Aside from financial donations, we also collected clothes which will be sent to LBC Foundation and Red Cross..
Once again, we are grateful and thankful for your act of kindness. May God prosper you more and happy new year in 2014! We pray that the coming year will bring new hopes and great beginnings to many.