The Philippines are in a “state of national calamity” according to CNN News after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region with 150+ mph winds. In one Philippine city of 200,000, bodies lie by the side of the road, and the health of survivors is in jeopardy. The next day, it hit China and Vietnam with 90 mph winds. Over 10,000 people are predicted dead in early estimates with more than 250,000 people left homeless.
The CNN home page reads, “THIS MAY BE EARTHS BIGGEST STORM.” With several people missing and 1200 feared dead. The death toll is expected to sky-rocket within the next 24 hours as so many affected areas have been without help or contact.
Waves For Water founder Jon Rose is mobilizing an urgent clean water disaster relief initiative in response to the Super Typhoon Haiyan, currently decimating the Philippines. Donations can be made to support this effort at: wavesforwater.org/typhoon-haiyan. The initial goal is to help mitigate some of the immediate suffering by providing victims with access to safe water by distributing portable water filtration systems to community centers, refugee camps, and individual families in affected areas.
“While we don’t respond to every single disaster that happens, its a large part of what we do and the scale of this particular event is shaping up to be right in-line with our organizational purpose and structure,” said Jon Rose, W4W Founder.
Over the past four years Waves For Water has worked on almost every major global disaster, earthquakes and tsunamis in: Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, and Chile, mega-floods in Pakistan, India, and Brazil… and specifically the comprehensive initiative in response to “Super-Storm-Sandy” here in the U.S. Waves For Water is well versed in first response disaster relief and equipped to not only respond to these types of catastrophic events, but do so quickly and efficiently”.
Jon and his team will be kicking this project off as early as next week with over 200 water filtration systems providing up to 20,000 typhoon victims with access to clean water almost immediately. For the initial launch Waves For Water has also confirmed support from fellow disaster relief organization – Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) and key supporter Hurley H2O.
“We had the privilege of working with Waves For Water in the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake in 2010, joining forces again now is a natural fit. Simply put, we are two like-minded organizations coming together to make a greater impact,” said Lucas Wimer / ROWW / Director of Operations.
To support Waves For Water and make immediate donation, please vist http://wavesforwater.org/project/typhoon-haiyan To follow the progress and learn more about Waves For Water relief efforts please visit http://www.wavesforwater.org