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New Orleans Helps: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan – Tacloban, Philippines

“We just arrived in Tacloban after more than ten hours of traveling: two hours by van and eight hours by foot, over electrical posts and passing by dead people along the way. People here are hungry. Me and my fellow aid workers arrived safely in Tacloban but the way we took last night looks like an endless path of misery. There are survivors approaching me, all are in tears, to ask for favors to send SMS for their worried relatives outside Leyte.”
“It’s normal to see people tired and hungry here but what struck me is when I saw one man sobbing, making use of his bag as his pillow and falling debris as his blanket. He sobs of out misery. ‘I’ve been everywhere to look for my two children, my wife and my mother, but I can’t find them,’ he told me. He lives near the seawall and his house was washed out by the strong winds and heavy downpour of the typhoon.”

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“I just knew first off that they were going to definitely need help right away,” says Chef Cristina Quackenbush.

She is nearly 9,000 miles away from her loved ones, but New Orleans Chef Cristina Quackenbush can feel their pain.

“The ties are strong no matter where you are.”

Chef Quackenbush left the Philippines when she was five. She now works weekdays at the CBD’s Little Gem Saloon and spends weekends blocks away operating her pop up restaurant Milkfish.

Quackenbush survived Hurricane Katrina. She says the images of Typhoon Haiyan uncover painful memories.

“I was actually feeling the anticipation like when we heard the hurricane was coming here,” says Quackenbush, “I was hoping they were evacuated and did all the necessary things to make sure they were safe, but they don’t have the means to over there. A lot, the majority of the Philippines is poverty.”

Thanks to social media Chef Quackenbush was able to contact her family.

The American Red Cross says communication is at a standstill. They’ve restored their Family Link Service and are telling those reaching out to loved ones in the Philippines to call their local Red Cross chapter for help.

An early morning post assured Chef Quackenbush her family is safe, but it also shows they need help. Her family says they’re suffering, and flashfloods have left them with nothing to eat. It’s why she’s cooking up a storm of her own this weekend and donating 15% of her sales at Milkfish to relief.

It’s the second weekend she’s given back. She says it’s the least she can do to help.

“The ties are strong no matter where you are.”

Milkfish is a Filipino restaurant located at 870 Tchoupitoulas. It is open Saturday’s from 5PM – 11PM. It is open Sunday from 12PM (noon) – 10PM.

For more information click here.

Typhoon Haiyan – Tacloban, Philippines

“We just arrived in Tacloban after more than ten hours of traveling: two hours by van and eight hours by foot, over electrical posts and passing by dead people along the way. People here are hungry. Me and my fellow aid workers arrived safely in Tacloban but the way we took last night looks like an endless path of misery. There are survivors approaching me, all are in tears, to ask for favors to send SMS for their worried relatives outside Leyte.”
“It’s normal to see people tired and hungry here but what struck me is when I saw one man sobbing, making use of his bag as his pillow and falling debris as his blanket. He sobs of out misery. ‘I’ve been everywhere to look for my two children, my wife and my mother, but I can’t find them,’ he told me. He lives near the seawall and his house was washed out by the strong winds and heavy downpour of the typhoon.”

Local efforts to help those in need are under way with help from the new Orleans Filipino American Lions Disaster Relief Fund organizing a donation account through Capital One to help those affected  by one of the worst typhoons on record.  Some central provinces of the Philippines are still inaccessible as crews still assess the damage caused by typhoon Haiyan across the Philippines.

“This disaster is a combination of Katrina and Sandy combined,”Robert Romero, Zone Chair, American Filipino Lions Club said.

“Every cent that is donated will go straight to relief,” Lance Harwell, Zone Chair, American Filipino Lions Club. “Every penny will be for the relief effort.”

The Lions Club International headquarters has granted $500,000 in emergency relief funds to the affected areas.

Donations to the New Orleans Filipino American Lions Club Relief Fund can be made at any Capital One branch.

For information click on https://www.lcif.org/EN/ways-to-give?lion-disaster-donation.php

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