A Letter of Thanks To All The Donors

It is with utmost sincerity that I express my gratefulness to the international community for having extended their help to the Filipinos. We will be forever indebted to the help that you have given me and my countrymen and it is with my whole heart that I say, “thank you”!

To each and everyone of you who has extended help to the Philippines, thank you. No words can ever describe how grateful my family is receiving help from you.

During November 8, we did not receive any goods even from our local government units. Everyone was a victim. We looked for food, buried our dead, and sought refuge to the castigated homes we have had before Haiyan struck us. The survivors had to help themselves to survive the following days.

All of your help reached the Philippines, nevertheless, there were slight problems because of my fellow Filipinos in the capital. I do not blame you but I blame the government for allowing this kind of atrocity to happen. I am ashamed to all of you who has extended donations worldwide but had to read from news reports that some of your donations have been placed in shelves and were sold in a mall in Makati City.

To the innovative people all over the world who donated water purifiers in the areas ravaged by Haiyan, thank you for those, without which my kababayans would not have any potable drinking water.

To the people who has donated in- kind, thank you so much. No matter how many or how few you have donated, my fellowmen are grateful. Numbers are just numbers, it will always be the thought that would count.

To those countries who have lent their brave soldiers in helping us recover little by little, you also helped us recover our almost defeated spirits. By helping us fix our infrastructures, you have also fixed our hearts and added hope to us.

To the medical teams sent by different countries worldwide- the survivors you have treated shall forever be indebted to all of you for helping them by extending their lives. Without the medical teams of the international community, the victims could have suffered far worse and intensely.

To the search and rescue teams and rapid response teams, you do not know how much blessed we are for your help in getting our loved ones body in the midst of all the debris. Finding them and putting them to their final resting place are important to us Filipinos. It hurts that we have lost loved ones during the typhoon but it has lessened our burden and our pain that we have recovered their bodies and we have finally put them in their resting places. It is the least we can do for our dead aside from offering prayers for them.

To those who have lent us their cargo ships and aircrafts- we are glad and grateful for everything. You have delivered to the affected areas the relief goods they needed and have also carried soldiers back and forth to help in relief operations and search and rescue efforts.

We are all indebted to non profit organizations, international charities and foundations for also extending their help to the Philippines. I am thankful. You have instilled in us more the spirit of camaraderie and love for our fellowmen. We are grateful. We are blessed for have received such great help from such great people all over the world!

Thank you!

Maraming salamat po!

Damo nga salamat!

Daghang salamat!

Mabuhay kayong lahat na tumulong sa amin!

Dios magbalos! (God will repay you.)

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PS: It is with pure honesty that I am suggesting (it is not too late) that I hope when each government sends help, it should be directly to the victims because the corrupt officials of the Philippines steal it from the supposed recipients.

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