NaFFAA calls on Fil-Am community to help Nepal earthquake relief
WASHINGTON, DC – The head of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations is urging the Filipino American community to help in the immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts for the people of earthquake-devastated Nepal.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy – one that Filipinos and Filipino Americans can all relate to,” said Mallonga, chairman of NaFFAA.
“In October 2013, when a 7.2 earthquake hit the island of Bohol, 3.5 million people across six provinces were affected, with 370,000 forced from their homes in Bohol. Catastrophic damage was also inflicted on communities surrounding heritage sites and numerous historic places, including three-centuries-old churches and heritage cultural landmarks.”
JT Mallonga, reminded members of the community that more than 4,800 people have lost their lives from the massive 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25. Many are still missing and more than 9,200 were injured.
The catastrophe also affected eight million who have been displaced, with their homes and properties destroyed. In addition to the humanitarian disaster, ancient temples and heritage sites were toppled and devastated in the historic capital of Kathmandu.
“As in Bohol, the disaster in Nepal is devastating to families who lost loved ones, their homes and their livelihood,” Mallonga added. “As they go through the pain of rebuilding their lives, let us keep the government and the people of Nepal in our prayers and do what we can to lend a helping hand.”
Mallonga is calling on NaFFAA regional and state chairs to work with organizations in their respective areas that are leading the relief and humanitarian efforts. “Whatever assistance we can provide will go a long way in assuring the people of Nepal that we care,” Mallonga said.
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