|Satellite image of "Super" Typhoon Haiyan |
hitting the Philippines on Nov. 9, 2013.
Mark, who is attending the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland right now as a volunteer mediator with Mediator Beyond Borders, told me that there is a feeling of great concern for the people in the Philippines right now at the conference. The news of Typhoon Haiyan's devastating impact and the humanitarian crises unfolding in the Philippines has had a "sobering" affect on the mood of the UN COP19 climate conference with representatives of 192 countries attending according to a news report on Yahoo.com.
|Mark Kirwin (1st on left) and Tom Fiutek |
(3rd from left) will be delivering aid
in the Philippines after COP19.
KIRF is working with a network of humanitarians in the Philippine community here in the United States as well as others to raise funds for a Stage II disaster relief trip to the affected area. Since communication is very difficult in the disaster zone with our local contacts there (cellular service is still down as is electricity and Internet), details of KIRF's relief trip will be posted here as they are available.
In the meantime, I will post updates about the conditions in the disaster area from reliable news accounts and our contacts who have loved ones and work colleagues in Philippines. These news updates and KIRF disaster relief updates will be at Facebook.com/KIRFaid and Twitter.com/KIRFaid
Donations for KIRF's Philippines Disaster Relief can be made online:
For donations made on our website KIRFaid.org, in the Paypal checkout, please specify that the donation is going to "KIRF" (and not "KIRF INDIA"). Donations going to "KIRF" thru the month of November will automatically be set aside for disaster relief in the Philippines. Please leave your email address if you would like to received emailed updates about the disaster relief effort.
Donations can also be sent by mail:
Kirwin International Relief Foundation (or "KIRF")
c/o Kirwin Becker Law Group
4480 Market St., Suite 804
Ventura, CA 93003 U.S.A.
Checks should be made out to “KIRF" or "Kirwin International Relief Foundation".
Donations sent to KIRF are tax deductable. The Kirwin International Relief Foundation (aka "KIRF") is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in the state of California Tax I.D. # 27-3431829.
The Kirwin International Relief Foundation is a humanitarian organization dedicated to helping others help themselves in a respectful and environmentally sustainable manner through our dual mission of disaster relief and education. Our on-the-ground disaster relief is done by experienced volunteers who pay their own airfare and work with humanitarians native to the area. Your donation can make a difference.
Angela R. Kirwin
Co-Founder of KIRF