Filipino community grateful for Typhoon Haiyan generosity

The Newfoundland and Labrador Filipino community says it is deeply grateful for the kindness of people in the province.

Thousands raised in the province to assist typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Newfoundland and Labrador's  Filipino community says it is overwhelmed by the kindness of people in the province.

Fundraising events have been held by various groups and organizations since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Asian country in early November. 

Nelson Boren says recovery is expected to take years in the Phillipines. (CBC)

Spokesperson Nelson Boren said the group is immensely grateful for all the assistance.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's recently collected $135,000. 

"I have no exact words to express about that, but on behalf of my co-Filipino people in the Philippines, I would like to say a big thanks for all of your generosity," said Boren.

As the typhoon ravaged his former hometown of Palo, Boren was in Mount Pearl pouring over social media, searching for news of his family.

"I was expecting the worst because it was really a terrible typhoon that hit the Philippines. I was trying to search out any information from them, but I was unable to get any information," Boren said.  

Boren, who is preparing to become a Roman Catholic priest, learned that thousands had died, and portions of the islands were devastated. 

This is an image of the house where Nelson Boren once lived with his uncle, in Palo, Leyte province in the Phillipines. (Courtesy Nelson Boren)

He also saw images of the home he had lived in with his uncle. The house was completely flattened, and the roof of the church where he worshipped was gone.

About a week after the typhoon hit, Boren was finally able to reach his father and uncle.

"It was like, 'Oh thank God.' I just told him, 'Don't worry, help is on the way.'"

The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan is now estimated at close to 6,000, but millions of people have been affected. It's estimated that it will take years to rebuild because the destruction. 

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