MAYSAK VICTIMS NEED OUR HELP …
But the Palmetto State remains perpetually at risk each year … and in the event a major storm were to strike, we’d want people to help us (especially since the administration of Barack Obama seems to be playing politics with the Federal Emergency Management Agency).
That means we ought to be looking to help others whose lives have been upended by catastrophic storms. Take the people of Yap – an island in the Federated States of Micronesia. Yap and many other Micronesian islands were battered this week by Super Typhoon Maysak – which pounded them at peak intensity.
In addition to the immediate destruction on Yap and other islands, the storm’s surge ruined many crops – and soaked the low-lying soil so completely that in places it could take as long as a year for it to desalinate.
This is an emergency, in other words … a matter of life or death.
Our friend Neil Mellen – who has worked extensively with the people of Yap – published a blog in the aftermath of the storm inviting people to help.
“Those inevitably bearing the greatest burden are school aged children, many of whom lack sandals,” Mellen wrote. “They are most susceptible to the impact of food and nutrient shortages following the flooding of taro patches and village gardens.”
Mellen’s South Carolina-based nonprofit – Habele – is coordinating direct relief efforts for some of the “most remote victims of the storm.” In addition to providing financial assistance, Habele is working with partner organizations on the islands to send needed supplies “directly to community organizations” working where the damage was most severe.
According to Mellen, the following items are needed …
- childrens’ size sandals (zorries)
- childrens’ vitamins
- over the counter medicines (stomach, headache, prenatal)
- tarps and ropes
- PVC pipe fittings (3/4 elbows, Ts, couplings)
- mosquito repellents
- hand sanitizers and soaps
- chainsaws and parts
Or if you prefer, you can make a direct financial contribution to Habele through Paypal, by visiting www.habele.org or by sending payment to Habele, at 701 Gervais Street, Suite 150-244, Columbia, SC 29201.
Will you consider helping? We hope so …
After all, there but for the grace of God go we …