The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its support to the people of the Philippines as they face catastrophic destruction from Super Typhoon Haiyan, described as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. Nearly 9.5 million people have been affected, with over 600,000 displaced, and an anticipated death toll of 10,000.
It is meaningful to note that the Philippines offered safe haven to more than 1,000 Jewish refugees during World War II. As a community, it is a privilege to honor that historic debt. In fact, the Israel Defense Forces are currently there providing assistance, including search, rescue and medicine.
If you would like to contribute toward relief efforts, the following organizations are providing aid on the ground.
The International Medical Corps emergency teams have been coordinating with partners on the ground, looking to fulfill basic needs such as food, water and medicine, as well as ensuring sanitation, hygiene and infection control are priorities.