Heroes come in many forms.
They arise in dire situations, and during states of emergency or crisis.
In the case of Philippines, heroes are made. Because natural disasters have tested their resilience and endurance, time and time again.
Yet, they have not given up. So, let’s do our own small parts in helping them in their time of need. Please click this link: http://gk1world.com/typhoon-yolanda and donate to the victims/survivors of Typhoon Yolanda through GAWAD KALINGA.
Among many other great things, Gawad Kalinga or GK, as it is affectionately known to all its beneficiaries, is a non-profit organisation that has been building communities all over Philippines to end poverty. Its founder, Tony Meloto, is a dear friend, mentor and God-Father to me. In fact, he is the God-Father to so many more across the Philippines. You can read more about Tito Tony Meloto and his personal journey here.
I had the priviledge and good fortune to work with GK and Tito Tony when I made the Philippines my second home from 2007 to 2009. I have said this many times, and I will say it again, the people of Philippines are her greatest jewel. Despite the countless loss, adversity, grief and challenges they have faced, will face and are facing – they remain hopeful and strong. The storms can crush their homes, and even take away their loved ones – yet they prevail ever more. It is this fearless spirit to rise from the rubbles which I deeply respect about the Pilipinas. It is with this same belief and faith that Tito Tony started Gawad Kalinga in 1995 to eradicate poverty in his beloved country.
I have written more about my work with GK and Tito Tony in my previous blog post. You can read all about it here.
As we speak and as I write this, thousands of GK workers/volunteers are working round the clock, fearless in their task to help the victims and survivors in all of the affected areas of the Philippines. Leyte, I am told, is reduced to shreds and the worst hit.
If anyone still hold any doubts about the destruction that the typhoon left behind, please read the below excerpts from Yahoo News.
“The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over U.N. climate talks Monday as the envoy from the Philippines broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.” Naderev “Yeb” Sano choked on his words, and said he was waiting in agony for news from relatives caught in the massive storm’s path, though he was relieved to hear his brother had survived.”
He added, “In the last two days he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands.”
You can read the entire article here.
It would not surprise me that there are reports of looting, and people have sunk into very desperate acts just to stay alive. Desperation in hard times can drive anyone “insane” – temporarily or permanently. Not every person can maintain ‘high moral’ grounds when everything has been taken from them, especially their loved ones.
It is not my place to judge those who chose to rob or even kill to find food and shelter. It is always easy to criticize from the comforts of our homes, not knowing the pain and suffering that others have to bear.
Instead, I will focus on helping as much as I can, from where I am. And I will recall one of my favourite speeches from Tito Tony –
NEVER STOP HOPING FOR YOUR COUNTRY.
NEVER STOP CARING FOR YOUR PEOPLE.
DEMAND GREATNESS FROM YOURSELF AS A FILIPINO SO THAT YOU CAN INSPIRE GREATNESS IN ALL OTHER FILIPINOS.
WALANG IWANAN, FILIPINAS!
I hold the above words close to my heart, because they remind me that each and every one of us can become the hero for our own community, nation and humanity.
YES, WE ALL CAN BECOME A HERO TODAY, MY DEAR FRIENDS.
In a big way or a small way – it is up to you.
It is not how much we donate, but how much it means to those we help.
At the very least, we can just click and help spread the word.
Let us reward humanity with humanity.
This is our very smallest heroic act for the day, if not kindness.
THANK YOU WITH FOLDED HANDS.
Much blessings and prayers to all.
Stay fearless 🙂