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Filipino Community in the Netherlands Responds to Typhoon Haiyan –Nearly 400 Attended Ecumenical Prayer Service and Fund-raising Food Fair

By Maitet Ledesma
Stichting Pinay sa Holland-GABRIELA
November 21, 2013


BANGON PINOY!(Rise above the storm!

Last 17 November, at the Nassaukerk in Amsterdam, nearly 400 members of the Filipino migrant community in the Netherlands, their Dutch families and friends, came together in an Ecumenical Prayer Service and Fund-raising Food Fair as an immediate response to assist the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.  

Lighting candles

Donations collected during the prayer service totalled €3,379.  In addition, the fund-raising food fair raised another €1,308 from sales of food and drinks donated by members of various Filipino community organizations in the Netherlands, bringing the total amount collected to €4,687.

Faith ministers from the Old Catholic Church, the Dutch Protestant Church in Amsterdam, the Old Lutheran Church and a Buddhist nun and devotees from the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple joined in prayer to remember all the lives that were lost in the devastating typhoon.

Filipino singers, Arvin Quirante and Ruth Galura lent their amazing voices in support of the event and warmed the hearts of those present whose thoughts were with their families and friends in the Philippines.  The community offered their prayers, flowers and lighted candles in solemn remembrance.

The event is one of many and continuing responses of the Filipino-Dutch community in the Netherlands to the catastrophic devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, now believed to be one of the strongest storms on record. Seven central Philippine islands have been affected leaving some 11 M Filipinos affected, and nearly 2 million people displaced or homeless. The death toll now stands at nearly 4,000 victims drowned, hit by debris or trapped under rubble.

Beneficiaries of the fund-raising event include the Citizens Disaster Response Center and BALSA (People's Mobilization for Disaster Response and Climate Justice), both non-government organizations working with local and grassroots communities in the affected areas.

Flor Almodiel sharing the plight of her family in Bantayan island

The event was organized by Kabalikat, IBON International, MkSP-NL (Patriotic Association of Filipinos in the Netherlands), NFS (Dutch-Philippine Solidarity Movement), SAMAKA (Filipino Youth Organization in the Netherlands), Stichting Pinay sa Holland-GABRIELA, 3K (Kabayan, Kaibigan, Kaisa), and the United Migrant Domestic Workers (UMDW). It was supported by Jesus is Lord Church, the Netherlands, Migrante Europe, Migrante Netherlands, Couples for Christ, the Netherlands (CFC), Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ  The Fourth Watch, Pitch Consultants and the Filipino Expat Magazine.

All these organisations came together to form the Bangon Pinoy NL network, a collaborative platform for relief and sustainable rehabilitation for the Haiyan survivors. Bangon Pinoy NL is currently developing more fund-raising initiatives to directly help the most vulnerable communities hit by the typhoon.

§  NL47INGB0006932831 t.n.v. Pinay sa Holland in Alkmaar under the description “Typhoon Disaster Fund”
§  NL76INGB0008118425 t.n.v. NFS in Leiden under the description "noodhulp Yolanda"

For more information:  www.bangonpinoy.nl, www.facebook.com/BangonPinoyNL
Email: info@bangonpinoy.nl

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