Sabinsa has donated US$25,000 to the ABS CBN Foundation International disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the Nov. 7 Super Typhoon Yolanda (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan).
This was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. While the full extent of damage, and the death toll, have yet to be assessed, there is no doubt that its impact on the Filipino people has been catastrophic. For example, the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte has been almost wiped off the face of the earth. Crops throughout the region were destroyed, and future crops are in jeopardy, so famine is almost guaranteed.
“Having spent time in the Philippines when considering it as a location for expansion of our cultivation program, these people became dear to us,” said Sabinsa founder Dr. Muhammed Majeed. “The devastation is incomprehensible, and the impact will linger for many years.”
ABS CBN Foundation International has programs in place to assist in rescue operations and in providing aid to families that are now in evacuation centers where they are temporarily sheltered.