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The World Commmunity Services (WCS) of Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) has launched "Typhoon Haiyan Victim’s Relief Fund” to raise funds to help the victims of this disaster. Super Typhoon Haiyan came ashore late Friday, November 8th2013 as a Category 5 storm with winds of over 140 mph, hitting the Philippines, Tacloban area.

The entire coast line of Philippines, has suffered a major blow. Thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, public libraries and businesses have suffered significant damages due to the raging waters.Many families reside in these areas, and due to the loss of electricity and phone signals many have not been able to return to their homes. This is a true national calamity with losses estimated at above $15 billion.

 

Watch this new video from UNICEF with updates about the devastation and need for support.

 

Destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, which flattened buildings and unleashed storm surges that may have killed 10,000 people, could be several times worse for the Philippines economy than super storm Sandy was for the U.S.

JAINA (WCS) would like to help needy families, if any, as well as schools, health clinics, or public library as soon as we can. Our relief efforts will be channeled through local NGO in the Philippines area.

Previously, with your support, we have raised over $200,000 for Tsunami victims, $750,000 for the Gujarat Earthquake. Jains in North America have always shown our generosity all over the world, as steadfast believers of "Jiv Daya” and "Ahimsa.

We recognize that many different organizations have started such funds and you may wonder why you should send your donations through JAINA. Here JAINA’s past record should help you decide:

  • JAINA’s relief operation will be carried out with local Jain centers so that help will reach immediately, rather than getting mired in any type of red tape.
  • JAINA does not charge any administrative cost to the relief fund. 100% of the donations will go towards relief effort. In fact, JAINA volunteers and partners will add their presence, experience and effort to the fund as it is delivered to the affected area.
  • Funds collected by JAINA will be spent in a completely non-violent manner keeping in mind the Jain way.

We request you to send your tax deductible (USA) contribution payable to JAINA, to the above address or donate online: www.jaina.org/donations. For further information or suggestions, please contact us.

Sincerely,

 

Prem JainPrem JainMr. Prakash Mehta
408-981-4646571-331-1851
President, JAINAChairman, WCS

 

Reference Links:

1. Pictures of Typhoon Haiyan's Wrath by The New York Times

Typhoon Haiyan, which cut a destructive path across the Philippines on Friday, is believed by some climatologists to be the strongest storm to ever make landfall, with winds of at least 140 m.p.h. and a storm surge as high as 13 feet. Thousands are feared dead or missing.

The storm has upended the lives of millions, as shown in the following photographs.

(This presentation contains graphic images.)

 

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