They say that home is where the heart is, but right now my heart is in two places: Boston and the Philippines.
Boston is where I went to college and graduate school, raised our sons, and started Care.com. But the Philippines….that is my heritage, my history. It’s where I was born, where my parents raised my five siblings and me. It’s where my journey began. And today, most importantly, it’s where I sit on the board of the Philippine Development Foundation as we try to help lift a devastated nation to its feet.
As you know, more than 2 million families have been ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda and the death toll – already in the thousands – is expected to keep climbing. The Filipinos are a resilient, strong, and nurturing people but no one could recover from a disaster like this without help.
And that’s where you come in. I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of you who have reached out inquiring after my loved ones and wondering what you can do to help the relief efforts, both individually and as business and community leaders.
There are numerous wonderful relief organizations around the world who are stepping up to help. Here are three relief organizations with whom the Philippine Development Board has been in direct contact:
Ayala Foundation’s Disaster Relief: In partnership with local organizations, this program can help those in urgent need of support. Where to donate from the US: Feedthehungryphil.org.donate (Select ‘Ayala Foundation – Disaster Relief)
Habitat for Humanity: Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has built and repaired tens of thousands of homes, assisted more than 5,000 families displaced by typhoons, fires and landslides and completed over 300 classrooms. Where to donate: Habitat.org.ph
Save the Children: This organization is on the scene, getting emergency supplies to families and children -- and providing services to these communities to help them rebuild their lives and recover from this tragedy. Where to donate: Savethechildren.org
The spirit and generosity of the Boston community is known throughout the world, as is the rally cry, Boston Strong. That’s why I know we can count on you, and your colleagues as the Filipinos find voice to their own rally cry -- and begin the long road to recovery.
In friendship and with deep gratitude,
Sheila Lirio Marcelo