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A Statement From CAPM to our Fil-Minnesotan Community

19 Nov

Dear Asian Pacific Minnesotans and Friends,

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013, leaving a horrific aftershock. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, there are 3,976 confirmed deaths, 1,598 missing, and 18,175 injured. More than 4 million individuals were displaced and in need of basic resources like food, clean water, healthcare, and shelter. Many of those victims are the friends and families of our Fil-Minnesotan community.

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) stands firm in support of the Fil-Minnesotan community as they wait to hear from their families and friends whose lives were disrupted by Typhoon Haiyan. We call on all Asian Pacific Minnesotans to unite in solidarity during this challenging time to support our Fil-Minnesotan friends coping with this tragedy. A difficult time such as this is an opportunity to build camaraderie and cohesion with our fellow Asian Pacific Minnesotans, especially our Fil-Minnesotan brothers and sisters, to express our sympathy and hold each other up. As members of the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community, we share a common bond of deep care for our families who stayed behind in our native countries. When a disaster of this magnitude hits, we all hurt in one way or another.

As late as last weekend, typhoon victims were still waiting for aid, struggling to barely survive. The Filipino government announced today the establishment of a website called the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub where foreign funds donated can be tracked. Aside from international aid channeled through the government, financial support from friends and family abroad and from nongovernmental agencies remain an important resource for typhoon survivors.

If you would like to help, below are a few local non-profit organizations accepting donations:

• Philippine RED CROSS: 632-527-0000, fundgeneration@redcross.org.ph
• Fil-Minnesotan Association: 651-300-4FMA, info@fil-minnesotan.org
• Cultural Society of Filipino Americans: 651-243-2732, info@csfamn.org
• Filipino-American Women’s Network: 651-690-2611, jancheta6@msn.com
• Philippine Minnesotan Medical Association: inf@phmma.org
• Philippine Center of Minnesota: 612-354-0837, info@philippinecentermn.org
• Filipino-American Christian Church: 612-280-2970, roberto.atienza@filamchurchmn.org

This is by no means an exhaustive list; you may know and trust an organization doing amazing disaster relief work that is not listed here. CAPM supports and thanks you for any donations you make to any organization of your choice.

In the days and weeks ahead, CAPM will continue to inform you of ways to support our Fil-Minnesotan community.

Thank you,

CAPM Board of Directors and Staff

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