BLOG #232: AmeriCares: Emergency Response & Global Health

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How AmeriCares Cares

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Helping others, a simple act of kindness, is one of the fruits of love.  We give help because we know the feeling of needing help and the feeling of receiving none.  We empathize and realize how important it is to be considerate of others' feelings and the situation they are in.  We have the responsibility as human beings to be selfless.

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Helping or giving is immeasurable.  No matter how small or big you think your act or the kind of help you gave, it does not matter.  What matters most is that you helped.  It is our duty and responsibility to do good.  We should help each other in every way we can, whenever we can, wherever we can to the best of our abilities.

Do good without asking something in return.  Your act of kindness and love may not be appreciated by others but it creates an impact to those you did those acts.  When something good happens to you or when you are treated with kindness and love you are compelled to repeat that act.

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Charity in bitlanders

I have already said this before and I say again:  One of the things I love about bitlanders is the fact that they have a charity section wherein we can give some amount for a good cause.  I have to admit though that at first I did not pay attention to it.  It was not until one of the users here in bitlanders made mention about AmeriCares that got me interested and decided to check out the donation section here in bitlanders.

For those who do not know where the  charities are listed, go to your earnings/rewards and click on the donate button to take you to the list of charities you can donate.

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At first, there were only a handful of these charities.  I cannot recall if AmeriCares was one of them.  As days passed by, more and more charities were added to the list.  Giving is a two-way street.   You always get something in return.  With bitlanders, you donate but you are also rewarded with buzz bonus.

bitlanders also gives the opportunity for you to help the charity of your choice.  You just have to let them know about it and they will help you set it up here in bitlanders and add that charity to their list.

 

Mr. Bob's Selfless Act

To give you a brief history of how AmeriCares came to be, first you must remember Robert C. Macauley.  Mr. Macauley was a paper broker from Connecticut.  It was in 1975 when it all began.  A US jet carrying that was carrying hundreds of Vietnamese orphans crashed into a jungle in Vietnam.  Most of the orphans burned to death while others were in critical condition.  Unfortunately, the US government cannot afford to rescue those kids.

The world watched in horror and in helplessness.

Robert C. Macauley did otherwise.  He acted.

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Even though he did not have the money, still, he chartered a plane and rescued the survivors within 48 hours and brought them safely to California.  He worried about the expenses he incurred during that rescue mission.  What matters most is that he saved lives.  He may have lost his home as payment to the expenses made during that trip but it was nothing compared to the worth of lives he rescued.

 

Why AmeriCares?

In my own little world, the extent of my reach is limited as I know yours is, too.  We can only do as much in our way.  I was happy to know that in some way, I can do my share by giving a portion of my earnings to help others.  We can donate to charity and let them work it out whatever donations we give them.  That is when AmeriCares and other charities come in.

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AmeriCares is a nonprofit organization that gives relief and medical care to the people not only in US but also around the world.  They respond to places were disaster happens.  They can quickly set up an emergency team to respond to those places and bring help and other necessities and medical attention to those calamity-stricken places.

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AmeriCares in the Philippines

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 

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It was the most disastrous typhoon recorded in Philippine history.  Yolanda, as it was locally known, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013.  Storm surge and tsunami crashed to the town of Tacloban and destroyed everything on its path.  It killed at least 6,000 people, affecting 16 million people at least and destroyed millions and millions.  It was the deadliest to ever hit Philippines.  Millions of people are still recovering from the aftermath.

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One of the first respondents during this time of need was AmeriCares.  They were the first team to send volunteers to where the typhoon hit.   They provided the most needed aid such as food, clothing, medical assistance such as first aid and medicine, water, etc.

AmeriCares not only responded quickly but also provided generators through the help of GE Foundation.  AmeriCares also set up other facilities and funds for health, emergency and other needs and supplies to help rebuild the lives affected by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

 

Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)

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A year later after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the Philippines took another hit from one of the second and worst storms to ever impacted Philippines.  Most of the people affected by the previous year's Yolanda were once again made to suffer by Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby).  Fortunately, Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) left less damage than Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).  Thankfully, AmeriCares was there to provide yet another help to those affected by the the typhoon.

 

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Typhoon Koppu (Lando)

On October 19, 2015, another typhoon hit the Philippines.  This time, it hit the norther part of the country by Typhoon Koppu (Lando).  Reportedly, a wide area was flooded leaving power outage, displacing thousands of families, and leaving behind destruction.

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AmeriCares responded by providing generator to the stormed area especially Aurora so the community can continue with medical aid.  They also handed out relief and gave medical aid and assistance.

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AmeriCares Around the World

AmeriCares was among the first organizations to respond during the Nepal earthquake that shook the world in April 2015.  It had a magnitude as strong as 8 killing at least 9,000 and injuring more.  This great big shake created an avalanche in Mt. Everest that killed a lot of people.  This earthquake left thousands and thousands of people homeless.

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In March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, killing and destroying everything it hit.  The storm had made a great impact to Vanuatu.  According to reports, this has affected the country's development that it pushed back Vanuatu's progress by many years.  It may not be the strongest typhoon or cyclone but it is strong enough to weaken Vanuatu.

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Even during the Syrian conflict, AmeriCares was able to help the refugees since 2012.  AmeriCares was able to deliver millions of help especially medical aid to the displaced refugees fleeing Syria.  AmeriCares is working with local authorities in different countries in Europe where these Syrians have fled to help them in whatever they need.

(Source:  Google)
(Source:  Google)

 

AmeriCares works hard in bringing help to those who need them and filling the gaps of necessity that other people need worldwide.

It is such a comfort to know that in times of disaster, when calamity strikes, that there are those who are willing to help.  Thank God for charities and organizations helping to make this world bearable to live in.  We are blessed with so much that we should not forget to share what we have.

AmeriCares and other charities or organizations see to it that they are ready in times like these so they are ready and quick in providing help.  If you cannot be there physically for others, then at least be there financially.

bitlanders is such a great channel for us to send help to other people with the use of bitcoin and the digital world.  We earn and we can help at the same time with this great platform that bitlanders has created.



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