I have been very quiet lately I know. I have been working on some things. For the last month, I have been busying raising funds for a project called “Rebuild the Philippines”. This project is part of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build homes for those that need it. This organization does this throughout the world and they have responded first to the massive earthquake in Bohol and now to the Typhoon Haiyan victims in Tacloban.

I have a webpage setup that was provided by Habitat for Humanity.  Anyone can do this if they desire. On this page, I am collecting donations that goes direct to Habitat for Humanity.

My first requirement for any aid organization is that it distributes their aid directly. That greatly reduces the opportunities for the aid getting misdirected into the pockets of a few wealthy and uncaring people. Nothing will eliminate all bad deeds by humans any place in the world but we can take precautions. Supporting organizations that distribute aid themselves is the way to do this.

Habitat for Humanity begun more than 10 years ago, I know because it was more than 10 years ago when I was firstHabitat for Humanity Logo became aware of them. I always wanted to go and build houses with them but I can’t do that. I’d just be in the way.
I mentioned in my last blog post I realized I could use social media to do the kinds of things I always wanted to do but didn’t seem to have the means. I don’t know where it will go but it has already gone further than I expected.

A Lot of People doing a Little will have a Huge Impact

I set my goals low as I wasn’t expecting much. My goal was $185 USD. With just under a month left on this project we have raised over $1300 or P58,805 PHP. I suppose I proved myself right. A lot of people can do a little to have a big impact. You can find my fundraising page by clicking here.

Habitat for Humanity buys the products to build the homes and organizes volunteers to build them. Most are college students with a few craftsmen to provide the needed knowledge to get the job done right.
Filipinos Also Rebuild the Philippines

Moments after Typhoon Haiyan left Bogo CityHere in Bogo City a new village has formed called Yolanda Village. A family donated some land and SM Properties stepped in to build 200 homes on the property for those that lost their homes in the Bogo City area. The press recently reported 110 homes have already been built and delivered to those families.

I know you hear the horror stories of things that go wrong. There is much good going on but we don’t hear about that as much.

If you want to help, you can donate or you can share this page to your social networks. Tweet about it with a link to this article, share it on FaceBook or Google Plus. All of which will help to spread the word and to find those people who can donate. If you can do both of those things, that’s even better. The link to donate is here:  Rebuild the Philippines

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. Your thoughts and ideas are also welcome. I’d love to have some people join with me to form a team to support various causes of the homeless, hungry or lonely. You can find a lot of my post on this subject on Google by visiting my profile  or my new Google Plus page that I call Ripples of Love.

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