Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, our work in Tacloban continues to expand. We’re continuing to meet with our Filipino partners to plan the construction of homes, programmes to get people back to work, and psychosocial support for families. As we set up these long-term projects, we’re also working with our local partners to meet immediate needs.
Thanks to donations received right here on GlobalGiving, we’ve already been able to repair and re-open Tacloban’s only school for children with development disabilities like autism. We’re also now helping run a mobile soup kitchen. The soup kitchen moves from place to place daily, ensuring that families in the worst affected areas where aid isn’t always available can have a hot meal.
The soup kitchen is not part of our long-term plan – with your help we’ll invest in livelihoods programmes so that families can feed themselves. But right now, with aid still spotty and parents struggling to feed their children, our priority is making sure that the worst affected have a hot, nutritious meal and know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. With conditions still tough, a bowl of hot stew nourishes both body and soul.
As we feed the most vulnerable, we’re also laying the foundations for long-term reconstruction by clearing debris. Our first volunteer teams of both international and Filipino volunteers have begun clearing streets and the plots for homes. Debris clearance both clears the way for reconstruction and lifts spirits. Seeing a clear road where for months there has been a scene of destruction is invaluable.
We expect to begin our long-term programmes, like rebuilding homes and helping survivors get back to work, in the spring. Thanks to GlobalGiving’s recent $55,000 grant we’re closer than ever to getting these programmes off the ground!
But with work expected to cost hundreds of thousands, we still need donors like you to turn our plans into realities.
This Valentines day, we hope you’ll show Tacloban a little love by giving what you can tomorrow, February 12th. Why the 12th and not the 14th you ask? Because on the 12th, GlobalGiving will add 30% to your gift! That makes February 12th the perfect day to help us feed more than 300 survivors a day with our mobile soup kitchen.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $5,918 this holiday season.
Combined with GlobalGiving’s fantastic $50,000 grant, we now have the funding we need to scale up our operations. In the coming months, we’ll continue meeting survivors’ immediate needs while also launching new programmes building homes, investing in livelihoods, and getting children back to school.
We can’t wait to update you on all the life-changing work your gifts will make possible, so keep checking back!
As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would love to hear from you!
Thanks again, and very kind regards!
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!
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:
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.
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!
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:
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 Emma@IDVolunteers.org. 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!
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