“you must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– ghandi

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one of my most cherished experiences was my junior year summer when i embarked on a 2 week missionary trip to guaymas, mexico. we ran a soup kictchen, delivered food to the sick and elderly, taught english to the town children and immersed ourselves in the rich culture and community. the town immediately embraced us upon our arrival and over the weeks they showed me how family, faith, food and good health were the only riches they needed to live a wonderful life.

and so, as we have witnessed terrifying natural disasters fall upon our country and other fellow countries recently, i will do my best to provide what i can to these countries so that they will have their family, faith, food and good health again.

haiti, philippines, lower 9th ward new orleans – they are all on a long road to recovery and any little bit counts.


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The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

Partners In Health reports its Port-au-Prince clinical director , Louise Ivers, has appealed for assistance: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS… Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.” Donate to their Haiti earthquake fund.

•As a UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton appeared on CNN on Wednesday to ask for further assistance in bringing relief to populations on the ground. You can donate through the Clinton Foundation or text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10.

Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors. The agency aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208.

Doctors Without Borders is on the ground and has set up clinics to treat injured in Haiti. Donate any amount so they can keep their efforts going.

•The Baptist Haiti Mission is operating an 82-bed hospital that is “overflowing with injured.” Donate online to BHM and 100% of your donation will go to the relief effort.

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philippines – typhoon ondoy:

clothing, food and medical supply donations

•New York

NAFCON (Nat’l Alliance for Filipino Concerns)/SANDIWA Nat’l Alliance of Fil-Am Youth are now receiving relief donations (clothes, blankets, medical supplies, monetary). NY drop-off @ BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377. Call (516)901-1832 or email if you would like to help.

•San Francisco/Bay Area

For donations in San Francisco/Bay Area, please contact Ryan Leano (626)534-4971. Monetary donations can also be dropped off at these sites. Checks can be made out to “Lakasdiwa,” a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers’ organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put “Typhoon Ondoy Relief” on the check’s note.

Filipino Community Center
4681 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

monetary donations

Ayala Foundation
Philippine Aid
Philippine National Red Cross

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lower 9th ward, new orleans, louisiana – hurricane katrina:

make it right: By making a donation today you can help Make It Right bring affordable, green, storm resistant homes to 150 families in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. There is no minimum, give what you can, even donate as a gift. With your help, we can Make It Right again.” – brad pitt

•Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation:

•Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

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