Filipino organizations in Connecticut are working hard to help their home country recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, there are 16,402 Filipinos living in Connecticut. In the hours after the storm hit, they anxiously waited for word on whether their loved ones survived. "I have a brother that's in Cebu, and they are okay," said Cecilia Rogayan, president of the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut.
Rogayan said she's lucky: many Filipinos living in Connecticut lost family members and friends in the typhoon, or are still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones.
Now the focus of the 22 Filipino organizations in the state is to help victims of the typhoon and to rebuild their home country. The Philippine-American Association of Connecticut is holding a skype-a-thon on Friday night, and a food and clothing drive on Saturday in Hamden.
Cecilia Rogayan said it will take up to six weeks for the food and clothes to arrive in the Philippines, while the proceeds from the skype-a-thon will go to work almost instantly. "We are partnering with an agency in the Philippines," said Rogayan. "There immediate needs are financial, because they already have the infrastructure to help in calamities like this."
To find out how you can help, go to paacinc.org.