They say that there are three events that connect the Dutch: football competitions, Queen’s Day (soon to be King’s day) and Sinterklaas. There’s a fourth: philanthropy. According to the World Giving Index, more than 50% of the Dutch gladly give to charity. About 5 billion euros or 650 euros per member of the population go to charitable institutions annually.
At less than 10 years old, half-Filipino and half-Dutch siblings Kai and Danique De Wit already know what the victims of the most destructive typhoon in 2013 need. Danique, 7, gladly explained to GMA News in Dutch what the victims, especially the children like them, would benefit from. “We would like them to have enough rice, lots of food and drinks and enough money to buy batteries for the lamps,” she said.
Filipinos and Dutch alike joined together in Amsterdam on Sunday to pray for the souls of Yolanda victims and raise funds for those who survived.
The mass, followed by a food fair, was set up by various Filipino organisations based in the Netherlands within a week after Yolanda pummeled the island of Leyte and nearby provinces.
More than 4,000 euros was raised during the event, the first of the many lined-up in the following weeks.
This is going to be short. Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) plowed the Philippines in the morning of Friday, 8 November causing havoc in the islands of Leyte and Samar. 10, 000 people are believed to be dead although the official death toll is not yet known. 10, 000. It’s not just a number, they used to be parents or children, brothers and sisters of someone. If you wish to help, please donate to GIRO 7244 or GIRO 555 if you are based here in The Netherlands. If you wish to send something to the Philippines directly, please be careful and choose a trustworthy organisation — if you ask me, we always choose to trust the Philippine Red Cross. These are critical hours. Every bit of help will certainly go a long way. Maraming salamat po. #