Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines

In early November, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines causing major loss of life and damage to property. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without adequate food, shelter, sanitation and medical assistance.

I was in the Philippines in June, as anyone who has been following the blog will know and anyone who saw my recent exhibition will have seen images from that country such as the one below. To think that the people I met who already had so little could have had even that destroyed is very sad. There are many channels for readers to help by giving whatever they can spare – the Red Cross in your country is a good place to start and other similar NGO’s are on the ground.

The New Zealand government sent aircraft with supplies and military personnel to assist, and the US Navy is on station to provide what assistance they can as well. Many other governments are sending assistance.

If you can spare a few dollars, then please do so and donate it to one of the funds helping to bring relief to the Philippines and the warm and friendly people who live there. Any amount will make a difference.

If you are a photographer, consider taking a trip there as soon as it is safe to do so. My friends at Jim Cline Phototours have trips there which are fantastic, and by going there and spending your dollars in restaurants, jeepneys and hotels, you will be contributing to the recovery and getting some great images.

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