What It's Like To Experience a Typhoon

Mighty Rasing grew up in the Philippines and experienced typhoons throughout his life. Watch the video to hear more about Mighty's experience living with these natural disasters.

Mighty Rasing grew up in the Philippines where typhoons were a common occurrence. But, in recent years, his country has experienced some of the worst storms in the world. Watch this video to hear about his experience with Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Glenda/Rammasun.

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Shut Up and Listen

Sometimes in the wake of disasters, we act without taking into account what's needed. Reflect on listening before you act.

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In his TED Talk, Ernestro Sirolli gives well-intentioned do-gooders some advice. If you really want to help someone, shut up and listen. You see, Sirolli would know. He’s one of the most influential people in the field of sustainable economic development. He argues that a lot of aid workers around the world fail because they do not listen to those they are trying to help. Rather, they assume what people need without taking their perspective into account.

How can we really help if we don’t know what people need?

Think about this: Would you give your friend an old pair of shoes? Would you send your sister money if she didn’t ask for it? Would you fly across the country just to help someone move houses?

Why, then, in times of disaster do we assume certain things about the people who survived the disaster?

This reflection is not meant to make you or anyone feel bad. But it’s important to remember that good intentions don’t always lead to good results. A lot of good people with great intentions have done some really unhelpful things in the wake of disasters.

Don’t act without asking what’s needed. Don’t “do good” based on your assumptions. Practice listening first.


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Giving: UMCOR

Learn more about how to give to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), an organization responding to disasters in communities all over the world.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a religious organization that assists the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. They believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. Not only do they respond to disasters, but they work with vulnerable communities to be prepared when disaster strikes.

Visit this site to learn more about this organization and how you can support their efforts. 

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Learn more about how to donate to various projects from this organization

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