Help Families Recover from Typhoon Haiyan

Dec 30, 2013

Resolve to make 2014 a year of giving

Our staff work every day to help survivors rebuild
Our staff work every day to help survivors rebuild

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who has set up recurring donations following our email on the 20th!

It’s been a tough Christmas for many in Tacloban, but thanks to you we’ve been able to help survivors like Virginia get on the road to recovery.  Virginia is a midwife, and she was delivering babies in the rain before you funded emergency shelter for her.

Your support means that survivors like Virginia know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. This Christmas, your donations gave them the gift of hope. Thanks so much!

But while we’re delighted by what we’ve achieved to date, recovery is just beginning. In 2014 we’re looking at home building, on-going support to help survivors access medical care, support for schools in Tacloban, and much more.

We are ready to help hundreds more like Virginia in the New Year, but we can’t do it without you.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to help us rebuild communities affected by the strongest Tyhoon ever to make landfall by setting up a recurring donation. Your monthly gift will help affected families rebuild homes, schools, and lives. When you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops and 2014 begins, GlobalGiving will match your gift.

Set up your monthly donation here 

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly donation, your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so much, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Your gifts will help him rebuild his home
Your gifts will help him rebuild his home


Dec 20, 2013

You can give hope to a survivor this Christmas

Thanks for giving survivors hope!
Thanks for giving survivors hope!

The last update we sent you was on Thanksgiving, and we’ve been very busy bees since then! Here is some of the work your generosity has made possible since our last update:

  • We worked with Filipino NGOs, the military, and volunteer doctors to organize a clinic for more than 400 people who had not seen a doctor since Haiyan struck
  • Aid distribution to local clinics has been uneven, so we’ve facilitated ‘swaps’ of medical supplies between clinics to fill gaps in one clinic with surplus from another
  • We rebuilt the roof on local community centre which also acts as the headquarters for a Filipino NGO called ‘Volunteer for the Visayans’. That roof is now allowing this group of local leaders to meet their community’s needs.
  • We safely removed the mangled steel roof of a local centre for rehabilitating youths who have been in trouble with the law. The roof removal has made the centre safe, and the centre can now re-open.
  • We’ve begun work to re-open the Aaram Learning Studio – a school for children with developmental disabilities.

All the above has changed lives, but it’s one of our smaller projects that has had the biggest impact on our team on the ground.

Virginia is a midwife who works in the town of Santa Fe just outside Tacloban. You might have seen Virginia being interviewed by the international media.  Despite this attention, prior to our team's arrival she hadn’t received any international relief.  Her clinic had a gaping hole in its roof and her home had been completely destroyed. In spite of the damage to her clinic, Virginia has still delivered over thirty babies since typhoon Haiyan struck. 

Despite everything she’s been through, when our team reached her clinic her requests were simple – she wanted tarpaulin to cover the holes in her roof, so that she could deliver babies without the rain coming in, and some wellington boots to keep her feet dry. On November 28th -  Thanksgiving Day - our team provided those items.

While boots and tarpaulin may not sound like much, they’re the first international help that Virginia has received.  These small gifts are now allowing her to deliver babies without being rained on, and they’ve made a huge difference to her state of mind – now she knows the world hasn't forgotten her. That someone cared enough to help keep the rain out gives Virginia the strength to carry on.

Our help gave Virginia hope – and this Christmas we’re asking you to set up a monthly donation so that we can give hundreds of other survivors that same gift.

If you set up your monthly gift between now and the New Year, Globalgiving will even match your donation – allowing us to help even more survivors like Virginia.

Set up your monthly donation here 

Not ready to commit to a recurring donation? No problem. Your one-off gift, whatever its size, will change survivors like Virginia’s life.

Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Nov 27, 2013

This Thanksgiving, Haiyan survivors are thankful for you!

Photo Credit: Pio Arce/Genesis Photos
Photo Credit: Pio Arce/Genesis Photos

It’s been just shy of three weeks since one of the strongest typhoons on record struck the Philippines. Haiyan, or Yolanda as the storm was known locally, forced more than four million Filipinos from to leave their homes and killed thousands more.

The UN estimates that more than 13 million people have been affected by the typhoon and overall recovery will take years of support. Thanks to your gifts and GlobalGiving’s own extraordinary $10,000 donation, we intend to be there every step of the way.

Here’s what we’re doing with the funds you’ve donated: 

  • IDV’s International team arrived in Tacloban on Monday November 25th. Meet our team
  • Thanks to your generosity, and the kindness of Joyson Pte Ltd our team landed with more than 80Kg of medical supplies worth $1,800. These medical supplies are allowing local health professionals to provide medical care to hundreds of survivors in Tacloban.
  • IDV’s international team is working with local Filipino groups to scale up the delivery of other urgent relief items like food and emergency shelter. Working through local partners who are themselves typhoon survivors empowers communities to lead their own recovery.
  • We’ve begun assessing how we can support other badly affected areas which have not yet received as much news coverage or help as Tacloban itself. With so much attention being focused on Tacloban we’ll avoid duplication by supporting other, so far neglected, communities in their recovery.
  • IDV CEO and tsunami survivor Andy Chaggar will arrive in Tacloban on or around December 8th. His unique experiences as both an aid professional and disaster survivor will ensure our own relief efforts empower Filipinos who have lost everything.  
  • We’ve already also  begun assessing the best way that IDV can move beyond providing immediate relief and start supporting the long-term sustainable recovery of typhoon affected communities.

Recovery from Haiyan will not simply be about handing out food and rebuilding homes. Survivors need our support across all areas of their lives. With your support, we’ll be there to provide that support and ensure that survivors are empowered to lead their own recovery.

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donations in the Philippines, please don’t hesitate to email We would be delighted to answer any questions you might have.

We hope that, this Thanksgiving you take a little extra joy in the knowledge that Haiyan survivors are thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving, and we wish you all the best!

A Tacloban health centre  Blue Motus
A Tacloban health centre Blue Motus
80 Kilos of Medical supplies!
80 Kilos of Medical supplies!


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