Monday, 11 November 2013

The Philippines need our help - so why isn't the Government giving it?

Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

As the Pope has pointed out, they need both our prayers and concrete help.

Not much joy on that front from our current Government - so far Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has pledged "an initial" $390,500 in emergency aid.  Wow, how generous.

You can however donate yourself via Caritas or other public appeals.

The Guardian has a useful live update post on events there.

***Update: Julie Bishop has announced a $10 million aid package.  That matches distant Britain's commitment.


Andrea said...

Well, I am glad that the Australian Government has increased the amount of aid - Wow! now it is a whole dollar per person directly affected. So Generous!!??! <\sarcasm>

Kate Edwards said...

Agreed. It is an improvement though.