Dear Friends, Members, and Supporters,
We have all been shocked by the images from the Philippines.
The sights remind us of the devastated fields seen in Japan on March 11, 2011.
Today, five days after the disaster, rescue teams still have not been able to reach survivors. The death toll is growing dramatically, and millions of survivors are in a desperate need of rescue and aid, including food and water.
We ask ourselves again: what can we do in such a difficult situation?
As early as next week, when heavily-disrupted transportation routes to the devastated areas are restored, whether by air or by sea, KnK’s local activity team in the Philippines will make their way to the most affected areas of Leyte Island or Panay Island for an initial survey.
As you know, for many years KnK has provided support to children, teenagers, and young mothers, especially in the field of education.
Our experience in helping survivors of great natural disasters include activities after the great earthquakes in Pakistan and in Jogjakarta, cyclones in Myanmar and in Bangladesh, and the flooding in Cambodia that occurred only last month.
By the end of this month or early in December with your support and in partnership with Japan Platform and KnK Philippines, KnK is planning to open a daytime shelter for children, youth and young mothers, providing basic necessities such as hygiene kits, snacks, water and blankets and offering recreational and educational activities. Our aim is to convey our determination to closely assist Filipino children and not to leave them alone and helpless. What they truly need is the feeling of closeness and connectedness. Whatever we can provide to the child survivors is worthwhile.
Soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, hundreds of children living in the poorest areas of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, launched a “One-Peso Campaign” to support the young earthquake survivors in Japan. That was surely one of the best donations and shows of support that we received at that time. It also taught us something very important: there is something each of us can do, and it is not a matter of money, but a matter of kindness.
We will keep you informed of our activities in the affected areas.
We also express our sincere gratitude for your support of KnK and the children of the Philippines.
Executive Director, Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi
Your support is needed now to help the typhoon survivors in the Philippines.