Family safe, Raleigh woman wants to help others in the Philippines
Posted November 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The past week has been full of highs and lows for Joy Jadloc, of Raleigh, as she anxiously waited to hear from her family overseas.
Jadloc was born and raised in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan violently struck last Friday. Authorities originally estimated that up to 10,000 people may have died during the disaster; however, the Philippines president recently announced the death toll is closer to 2,500.
Jadloc has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, but five of her seven siblings were in the Philippines when the storm slammed the island nation. Four of those siblings were in the city of Tacloban, the hardest hit area.
For four agonizing days, Jadloc heard nothing from her family. Then, Monday night, she got the email she was desperately waiting for.
“All of our family is okay,” she said. “We all survived.”
Her nephew traveled many hours to get a signal, Jadloc said. Unfortunately, her excitement was short lived.
“I was like oh, I could just jump up and down. I can’t stop,” she said. “Then I stopped.”
Reality set in and Jadloc realized that Tacloban is in complete ruins. Haiyan smashed the city for hours with winds of 147 mph and drove the sea in huge waves across thousands of blocks of homes and buildings. The number of people left homeless in Tacloban is reportedly more than 580,000.
“All of my brothers’ and sisters’ houses got washed away. They have to start from scratch,” she said.
Supplies have begun to arrive in the Philippines. Dozens of organizations are answering the call for help; including Raleigh based Stop Hunger Now which will be shipping 1 million meals to the Philippines.
Even with the generous donations of many organizations, food and medical supplies are still hard to come by, Jadloc said. So, she is taking action, and she hopes that others will do the same.
“It’s not just my family. There are so many people there that need it,” she said.