Filipino nurses in South Florida to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

Philippines Nurses Association of South Florida to host 5k Run/Walk in Doral

By Neki Mohan - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - Nena Forte and Josephine Villanueva are two of hundreds of Filipino nurses who work and live in South Florida.

They say watching the pictures of devastation and desperation coming out of the Philippines forced them to take action.

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"Since yesterday I have been getting calls, people asking where they can channel donations," Forte told Local 10's Neki Mohan.

"No water, no food at this time, no one can go in," said Villanueva.

At night, like other Filipinos living in the U.S., they are glued to their computers watching the news broadcasts from back home. What they are seeing is not encouraging.

"Up to this time, they couldn't figure out the total number of deaths since no one can really go in," said Villanueva.

Villanueva is president of the Philippines Nurses Association of South Florida. They are having a 5k Run/Walk on Dec 1 at J.C. Bermudez Park in Doral.

Both are urging everyone to contribute anyway they can, the fastest aid being money to the International organizations on the ground.

Many fear for the survivors in weeks to come, and said that's why international help is urgently needed.

"Going through Andrew, I can feel for what they are feeling right now," said Forte.

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