My homeland, the Philippines, is on the spotlight once again because of Typhoon Haiyan. All the catastrophic images and videos I’ve seen online are gut-wrenching. I’m so lucky and blessed that my family and friends back home were spared from the disaster but for the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who were affected by the storm, their lives are changed forever. I can’t even imagine what the survivors went through during the storm and what they’ll go through as they try to rebuild their lives moving forward. What a mess!

While it’s great to donate to the big institutions such as UN World Food Programme (click HERE) and Oxfam (click HERE), I also like to support smaller organizations that send relief to victims and survivors. My friend Julie Gilhart shared to me the efforts of Waves For Water. To kickstart their Haiyan campaign, they’ll immediately send at least 200 clean water filtration systems providing up to 20,000 typhoon survivors access to clean water. Why don’t you take a break from what you are doing and do what I did — donate a few dollars and give yourself a pat on the back for a good deed. Every little bit counts.

Waves For Water

Visit www.wavesforwater.org.