It has been a few weeks since Typhoon-Haiyan powered its way through the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The good news - if you can call it that, is that the death toll has been significantly downgraded from the original estimate of 10,000 people dead to around 7,000. However, those numbers don't count the thousands of people who lost everything. There is so much need and many organisations doing what they can to help. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Evolution Divers for their commitment to the people of their adopted home - Malapascua Island. I did my Dive Master course with them just over a year ago (it seems so much longer than that) and I can vouch that all money sent to them as a donation for rebuilding the island will be spent that way. If you would like to donate to a local business that will spend it on the local community you can make a donation via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark it as Typhoon Relief, otherwise you can donate to a number of international organisations that are co-ordinating the relief effort.
Picture of Malapascua Island by Edmund James Y. Porter