On My Way Home, November 21, 2013


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Dear Friends:
This is one of the most important letters I have ever written.  As you probably have read, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in world history, has left the Philippines in dire condition.
 We at Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide are humbled by the outpouring of community support.  In less than two days, we received about $8,000 in unsolicited donations.  As you read this note, I am embarking on a ten-day journey to the Philippines, to personally bring help to the areas that have been the hardest hit.  In collaboration with Bayanihan’s two local partner organizations, we will distribute approximately 1,000 to 1,200 food packs purchased from the funds received.  Each food pack will feed a family of 6 and provide a week’s supply of rice, sardines, noodles, and water.

 This mission trip is especially poignant to us at the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide: our Philippine liaison Evelyn Castillo, a public health nurse, lost her home and her daughter was swept away by the giant waves. In spite of her own circumstances, she unhesitatingly reached out to others.  I spoke with Evelyn yesterday morning, in preparation for our meeting in Tacloban.  To our relief, she had just learned that her daughter miraculously survived by hanging onto a fragment of a tin roof. 

The Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide was established in 2010, with its mission “to enable Filipinos to improve their lives in empowering and sustaining ways.”  Given the seriousness of the situation, I feel now is the time to broaden our constituency base to include Americans of all backgrounds, in order to continue making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by the work of Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide.  During my trip, I plan to take photos of the relief efforts we are involved in, document personal stories, and to share observations online – raise further awareness of the plight of the Philippine typhoon survivors, and possible forecast.

The task ahead is daunting, but Bayanihan is committed to achieving humanitarian aims.  With this goal in mind, I so appreciate any thoughts you may have on what would be particularly important for me to do on this trip.

I will be checking in from the road as much as possible, and look forward to hearing from you.

 Sincerely,

Dale Asis                                                                                                                                               President and Founder                                                                                                                     Bayanihan Foundation Woldwide 

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2 Responses to On My Way Home, November 21, 2013

  1. Barbara Dix says:

    A miracle. Thank you for this message. My thoughts will follow you on this mission and I appreciate the update and the miraculous survival of Ms. Castillo’s daughter. I’m posting this to my Fb page. A firsthand account of the devastation–and relief efforts.

  2. Well done Dale. I knew you would be of immense help to the needy world wide with the passion you showed for the disadvantaged at Haifa Diaspora Leadership training. I wish you the very best in all your endeavours. May God guide and bless you. Dr Jane Wai – Ogosu; Vice Chair & Co-Founder, African Health Foundation

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