I am sure that you have all seen and heard of the absolute horror in the Philippines because of the destructive power of the Super Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Yolanda). You just need to see the pictures of Tacloban here to see the complete destruction of cities, towns, villages and human life. According to the BBC website:
Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 4,000 people when it tore into the Philippines on 8 November.
The UN estimates around 11 million people have been affected by the storm.
Here at Immerse we thought it would be a great idea to try to help the Filipino people but in a way that actually embraces their culture too. The idea we have is to put together Balikbayan boxes with items that they can use to help rebuild their country,
What is a Balikbayan box?
Well it is a Filipino custom – when someone has left the country to look for work abroad or are just living abroad & studying they often send home a box of goodies to their families. you can read more about it here
So this is our plan – we want to get as many local people to make up and bring Balikbayan boxes to Kidsgrove Central during the week beginning 1st December. We want organisations, schools, businesses, families, individuals – anyone really! to make up a box and drop it off to us. Keep your eye on this site for an update when we will have times and dates that you can drop the boxes off at Kidsgrove Central (The old Methodist Church in Kidsgrove) we will then arrange for them to be dropped off with a distributor who will take them to the Philippines Red Cross. These are the kinds of items we are looking for:
- Tin can foods,
- Clothing, footwear,
- flash lights,
- AM/FM radio,
- Tarps, tents, camping gear, portable shelters,
- Cooking utensils,
- Over the counter medicines,
- School supplies,
- Gardening tools to plan food,
- Fishing equipment,
- Used computers for schools,
- Used home and office equipment,
- Building materials,
- Building equipment,
The Mayor of Kidsgrove, Kyle Robinson, is working with us and together we will be writing to local businesses and schools in Kidsgrove to see if we can muster up as much support as possible. It will be amazing that a small town in North Staffordshire can make such a difference to people on the other side of the world.
So this is our question for you: are you ready to make a difference?