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18 March 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than four months after Typhoon Haiyan unleased its wrath, the Philippines continues to receive assistance from the international community for recovery and rehabilitation efforts in affected communities.

Last week, the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) turned over a check amounting to $25,000 to the National Philippine Cultural Foundation during a reception at the Filipino-American Multicultural Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The amount is part of the $100,000 that was raised in a nationwide campaign by the Turkish-American community to help alleviate the devastation caused by Haiyan.

“On behalf of the Filipino people, I thank you for your kind gesture,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. He noted that Turkey was among the first to respond to the typhoon by sending humanitarian aid and deploying rescue teams.

"This is a testament to the long-standing relationship between the Philippines and Turkey,” Ambassador Cuisia said in expressing his gratitude to TCA and the Turkish-American Community.

TCA President Lincoln McCurdy said he hopes that this gesture will not only help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan but also strengthen the ties between the Turkish and Filipino Communities in the United States.

"TCA is proud to join with Turkish Americans in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area in donating these much needed funds to the relief effort in the Philippines,” McCurdy said. “Not only will this donation help Filipinos rebuild their devastated communities, but we hope that it will begin a new friendship between Turkish Americans and Filipino Americans."

McCurdy said the TCA partnered with four local Filipino-American organizations that are based in areas with large Filipino-American communities to ensure that all funds raised will go directly to the relief effort.

In addition to the National Philippine Cultural Foundation in Oxon Hill, the other TCA partners are the Filipino Community Center of Hawaii; the Filipino Community Center of Seattle; and the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Texas.  Each received $25,000 from the TCA.

He said TCA is working with Turkish Philanthropy Funds to pool donations for the nationwide campaign. Funds matched by TCA will be allocated to humanitarian organizations such as the Consuelo Foundation, World Vision and One World Institute that are working on the ground to alleviate the devastation.

Since its inception in 2007, TCA has donated $400,000 in humanitarian aid to various American heritage communities to relieve suffering from war and natural disasters. ###

18 March 2014

Gesture of kindness. Turkish Embassy Counselor and Spokesman Aydan Karamanoglu, Maryland Senate President Thomas Mike Miller, Turkish Coalition of America President Lincoln McCurdy, National Philippine Cultural Foundation President Erlinda Alcones, TCA representative, Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderrama, Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia.