Hi there, I just wanted to share with you some of the efforts being done in Germany to help support the Philippines during this time of need. Wow! I am just so filled with gratitude. I’ve been following the news much these past week and in many of what I read the Germans have been one of the first to respond and they have been so amazing with the kind of assistance that they have been giving. Bless your hearts! Organizations, companies, municipalities, even football, etc. have come together to help us! Some examples are Apple Deutschland, DHL, etc. This is not a complete list but I am just so grateful that I wanted to share! The articles themselves are in German, but can be translated to English if you use Google Chrome. Click on the links after the jump.
- ISAR builds hospital in Palo
- Charity Tennis Match between Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber
- Charity Run in Duisburg: here and here
- Germany-Turkey Match of the Century to donate to Typhoon Victims. You can also read about it here and here.
- Archdiocese of Cologne Donates Euro 100,000
- Doctors of the World in Cebu
- St. John’s Volunteers to go to Leyte and Panay
- Apple Facilitating Donations via Itunes
- Miseror Donates Euro 50,000
- Benefit Concert in Hesse
- Municipal Hospital of Potsdam Donates Euro 10,000
- DHL Sends Disaster Relief Team to Philippines (Cebu) to Support Logistical Delivery of Aid
- Hoffenheim 1899 Football Club to Organize Charitable Donation
- Continental Provides USD 200,000 Donation
The image on top is borrowed from this article on “German Post DHL’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) which they despatched on Thursday to Philippines to support the airport logistics by setting up a warehouse for relief supplies, which are then transported to the needy people.”
Let me say first that I support the Redcross Foundation and I prefer to course donations through them. I am a bit wary now to give to our government agencies, because we can see in the reports that they are overwhelmed and it may not be the best channel for speedy delivery. It’s great that so many NGOs are helping because with something in this scale, we just cannot do it alone.
Also I think its important to make sure that you trust the foundation/organization that you are donating to. It’s sad to say, but sometimes there are just those who take advantage even when so many people are suffering. In times of need, don’t you just think it’s better to make sure that the help being given is distributed as efficiently as possible?
I will be doing another post on how Germany-based people can help. Stay tuned!
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