It is easy to forget what people are going through when they are living their life on the other side of the world. As the Kick Start team finalizes its plans for the soccer tournament this weekend, they are even more inspired by this amazing video that captures the reasons behind this effort. Please watch the video and visit the donation site to learn more: http://www.kickstartthephilippines.myevent.com/3/donate.htm
Also, here is a great video to watch that can help remind us what we are doing and why: http://www.upworthy.com/a-seriously-bright-idea-thats-giving-an-amazing-new-purpose-to-something-we-usually-throw-away?c=fea
|Hurricane Katrina||Hurricane Sandy||Typhoon Yolanda|
|Date||August 2005||October 2012||November 2013|
|Landfall||New Orleans, USA||New Jersey, USA||Visayas, Philippines|
|Wind Speed at Landfall||125 mph||80 mph||235 mph|
|Immediate Fatalities||1,833||286||6,000; 27,000 missing|
|Domestic Government Assistance||$120.5 billion||$3.2 billion||$17,000|
|Recovery Time||9 Years; continues to rebuild in 2014||2 years; continues to rebuild in 2014||5 months; continues to rebuild in 2014|
We made some changes for the April Tournament so check out the image below and REGISTER HERE!!!
We have launched a new fundraising website! This is for Philly and non-Philly folk alike who cannot make it to our events. Now it is easy to be a part of Kick Start the Philippines from anywhere in the world! Donate to Kick Start
In other news, we just reached 100 likes on our Facebook page! Although there was no party to celebrate, we are pleased to know that word of our work is spreading and we hope it continues into the future!
ABS-CBN News has done a great job documenting the stories of those who survived the Typhoon and you all should take a look: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/specials/3disasters
Here an excerpt from the article:
Estoya, who lived near the sea, was aware of the dangers of a strong typhoon. Their house had been flooded before.
She packed her bags and prepared to leave.
However, her daughter, Victoria, refused to leave her small store behind. Bernardo, Rowena’s husband, also refused to leave the house.
Her two other sons also stayed behind.
She had no choice but to leave her two children and her husband. Accompanied by her grandson and daughter-in-law, Estoya went to a convention center in Palo.
“Had I known that that was the last time that I will see them, I should have forced them to come with me,” she said.
Estoya said that they were cowering in fear inside the evacuation center when the typhoon destroyed it.