Hope for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)Monday, September 28, 2009
On Sept 26, 2009, I got a text from my Dad that they were stranded in the hospital (dialysis and blood transfusion) because of Typhoon Ondoy, international code Ketsana. From that time on I prayed that all will be safe.
My brothers were on their way to get my parents when they had to leave the car because the water level rose rapidly. In 30 minutes the water level rose tremendously since 3 dams were opened to prevent from breaking. However, the citizens didn’t have enough time.
My two brothers walked for hours to get to the house to ensure my Mom’s pets’ safety. The water was already up to their waist. My brothers didn’t know what they were stepping on…Fortunately, my parents’ home was not damaged and my mom’s puppies and dogs were safe.
One of my other brothers was desperately trying to save his bike shop. The water got into the shop, while my other brother with his infant son ( I have 4 brothers in the Philippines) was in his apartment in the 2nd floor.
My uncle’s family had to go on top of their roof since the water was as high as 5 feet; I still have not heard from my other uncle whose house might have been totally damaged.
Unlike other Filipinos who lost all their belongings, homes and lives, we are grateful my family survived another challenge.
When my 14yo found out what happened, he asked me,
“Mom, how much more challenges can they take?”
I just answered,
“Mama, Papa and my brothers have very strong faith. With all these, they still manage to smile and feel blessed.”
Filipinos have strong faith. And no matter how challenging life can be, Filipinos still manage to smile, move on and even lend a helping hand.
The Philippine National Red Cross is accepting donations. I pray that the donations will go directly to those who need it most and not to the corrupt politicians.
Please pray for all those affected by the typhoon.
Please click here to watch a You Tube video on Typhoon Ketsana's .
Click here to check out a charitable event in NJ (to benefit the victims) .