Today on FundMyTravel, we jump into part two of a story featuring a successful FundMyTravel campaigner and her efforts to help provide relief to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. Be sure to check out part one of Victoria’s post before reading further!
I was so emotionally invested in this project, I didn’t know what else I could do with my time until the campaign goal was reached, and even then, I felt rather helpless unless I was using the campaign to spread awareness about situations taking place due to Yolanda.
It was painful and distressing to write to friends and family who did not seem to care as much as I did about the destruction. Or when I reached out to those who did care because they understood, but didn’t feel connected enough to contribute or see how even a simple share would make a difference. Quite a few things could have brought me to tears at such an emotionally charged time, but the thing that set me over edge was the concern and utter confusion I felt, when it seemed that people just didn’t care.
I found myself experiencing a range of emotions throughout the campaign: fear, anger, frustration, and hurt. But then, finally there was relief. The greatest sense of relief came with the news that all of my friends in the Philippines had actually survived Yolanda and been accounted for.
No amount of money in the world could have been as valuable as this piece of information, but they still needed support if they were going to continue to survive in such conditions. The best way for us to provide for their needs, as well as others in the community, was by raising funds for relief. It was important for us to raise the funds because we were directly connected with a trustworthy, grassroots, non-profit organization, The GoAbroad Foundation. We knew that the money we raised for relief would go directly into supporting those communities on the ground in Tacloban, which was not always the reality, when donating through one of the larger relief organizations.