Earlier this month, Saipan and neighboring islands located in the Northern Mariana Islands were devastated by Super Typhon Soudelor. Hundreds of people lost their homes, and thousands of people still do not have electricity and running water. Almost everything we have on our islands are shipped in, and access to replenished resources are difficult after these types of disasters.
Before moving to Oregon, I lived on Guam for 25 years. My family experienced everything from countless mild tropical storms, typhoons, and even an 8.2 magnitude earthquake. Even with planning and preparation, including storing water, food, batteries, and other supplies, the aftermath always left my family feeling heavily stressed about the conditions we faced. My family was lucky to have what we needed to survive and to live in a concrete home with typhoon shutters, but I can’t say the same for all families. I’ve seen wood and tin homes obliterated and gardens families depended on ripped to shreds.
There is still a long road ahead to a full recovery for the people of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you are able to donate funds or items to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands, here is a short list of organizations you can contact:
If you live in the Portland area, you may drop of items to Portland State University’s Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (located in Smith Memorial Student Union 425) between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday until September 11, 2015.
Suggested items are:
Used clothes/ shoes
Basic Hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc.)
If you’d like to read more about the effects of Super Typhoon Soudelor, visit the links below: