The Pagan community is stepping up to help in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's landfall in the Philippines.
- To assist the small Pagan community directly, Pagan Federation International is making an appeal for donations. Donors are being thanked directly on the PFI Philippines Facebook page.
- In its own round-up of stories about the storm, The Wild Hunt reports that Peter Dybing is challenging Pagans to give in this time of extreme crisis, and even suggests a few organizations he thinks will do a good job at it.
- Pandora's Kharis, the charity circle of Hellenic polytheists, is rising to that challenge, although I say so more poetically than literally. Yes, it is likely the group's next round of donations will focus on Haiyan relief, but no, I don't think that decision was motivated specifically by Dybing's call.
- Circle Sanctuary is echoing that call (is that less poetic?), asking for donations to the Philippines Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders, which also happen to be Dybing's recommendations. They are also calling for the sending of healing energy to the survivors.
The devastation from this storm is, I'm sure, nearly incomprehensible to those of us who only see pictures and video from the scene. The logistics of getting around and communicating on this nation of countless islands is always complex, and trying to reach all of these places with roads and communications destroyed is incredibly difficult. No government designed, no preparedness plan written, no technology built by humans hands is quite enough to make the aftermath of an event like this any easier.
The hard work of moving rubble, finding the living and the dead, and giving them the care and supplies they need is only just beginning. The storm made landfall on November 7, and a major relief effort from the United States only just reached there yesterday. Over a week without shelter, clean water, sanitary facilities, medical care, or a way to deal with the dead. There will be a lot of need....