Appeal for Support

Let’s help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda!

To families, friends and supporters of the Filipino people:

Greetings of peace!

The typhoon that struck the Philippines on November 8th was the strongest storm to make landfall this year, and perhaps the most powerful in recorded history. This super typhoon claimed up to 10,000 lives according to some estimates. The storm cut a swath of destruction throughout the Visayas region in the Philippines, affecting as many as 4 million people across 36 provinces. Haiyan came only 3 weeks after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings and homes in central Philippines.

Many areas in the Eastern part of the Central Philippines remain without food, water, power and communications facilities. Entire communities and cities have been completely annihilated by the storm. Relief workers are trying hard to reach rural communities, which have been devastated by the strong winds and the storm surge.

Livelihoods are compromised throughout the archipelago, and countless residents are displaced or homeless. Little government assistance is reaching the people who are in dire need of water, sanitation, food and safe shelter. They are relying on organizations on the ground, such as Migrante, to ensure donations go directly to those most in need.

For a number of years, Migrante has responded to crises and carried out its overseas relief and rehabilitation efforts with partner organizations that maintain a proven track record of serving Filipinos communities with integrity and trust.

In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for assistance to help communities ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda through Sagip-Migrante.

The Sagip-Migrante fund-raising drive aims to gather financial assistance to support rescue missions, distribution and delivery of essential goods such as rice, canned goods and bottled water, setting up of soup kitchens and other relief missions in affected areas in the Visayan region.

In Ottawa, local partner organizations of Migrante, such as the Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP), the Philippine Migrants Society of Canada (PMSC), and Migrante Ottawa are receiving cash and in-kind donations intended for the victims of the typhoon.

Donations can be sent by mail to:

Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
2852 Grandeur Ave.
Ottawa Ontario
K2B 6Y9

By direct deposit at any Toronto Dominion Bank or Canada Trust

Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Canada Trust – World Exchange Center Ottawa
Branch 0354 Account # 7947-5260585

Philippine Migrants Society of Canada
Wellington at Holland
Branch 3344 Account # 0288-5203646

Charitable tax receipt may be provided upon request for donations over $20.00.

If you would like to send relief goods, you can send your packages to the home office of Migrante International, #45 Cambridge St, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.

For more information, you can contact us at ochrp.ottawa@gmail.com or pmscottawa@gmail.com or call Doug 613-726-6556 or Aimee 613-255-1921.

In solidarity,

Douglas Booker
Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Aimee Beboso
Philippine Migrants Society of Canada (PMSC)

Joselito Calugay
Migrante Ottawa

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About OCHRP

The Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP) is an activist human rights network of women, workers, church people, students and migrant Filipinos that promotes awareness of human rights issues concerning the Philippines and the situations of overseas workers from the Philippines in Canada.

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