In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Since that time, GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund has been able to facilitate emergency relief as well as rebuilding efforts. Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative have been instrumental in the relief efforts since this tremendous disaster.
Peace Winds America has partnered with a local organization, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) to allocate relief supplies to families who have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the torrential tropical storms in the Philippines. The immediate need is great, as families are beginning to return to their homes and require basic necessities which PWA and CDRC are able to provide.
Looking ahead, PWA has begun to support CDRC in long term “community-based disaster management programs, necessary to lessen the impact of future disasters in this vulnerable nation.” While there is an immediate need to distribute basic supplies for people to survive, the ultimate goal of Peace Winds America is to implement disaster management programs so communities in areas that experience consistent tropical rain storms are well prepared with stable shelter, escape routes and food so their safety will not be compromised.
Asia America Initiative is also assisting with immediate relief efforts in the Philippines. AAI has helped to sustain communities in Quezon City, Taquig, Marakina and Laguna. AAI has delivered clean water, clothing, blankets and hygiene materials for evacuees in these regions. The program that AAI has applied has drastically reduced the spread of infectious diseases throughout temporary camps for displaced people. AAI has observed waterborne tropical diseases like dengue fever and leptospirosis spreading in dam water overflows and hopes to prevent epidemics from occurring through water filtering systems and distributing medicines.
Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative are the newest additions to the GlobalGiving Philippine Flood Relief Fund. Check out their project pages to learn more about how they are making a positive impact in the Philippines. Thank you for your generous contributions this holiday season!
In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Manila was completely covered in water at the peak of the floods, shutting down shops, schools, and stores. Food is currently in short supply as the rice fields were turned into useless mush.
Here is the good news: Your donations have already provided $4000 to the Asia America Initiative, who has used this money to provide water purification systems, fever reducing medicine and warm blankets. Asia America’s long term impact will help to prevent disease from spreading and at risk persons from exposure to the now harsh environment. To learn more about their project, click here.
Our other partners are also helping the people of the Philippines get back on their feet.
Architecture for Humanity is supporting long-term recovery and disaster mitigation efforts by identifying reconstruction projects for those most in need. Their project’s link can be found here.
Merlin USA is working to deliver hygiene kits and emergency health care supplies to over 300 families. Merlin is also working to raise awareness about the spread of disease through evacuation shelters. To find out more, click on their project’s link here.
The United States Fund for UNICEF has assessed the need in the Philippines and is requesting donations for portable toilets, temporary shelter, child registration and child counseling services. You can visit their project page here.
De La Salle University is currently engaged with student volunteers preparing food packages and basic necessities to be shipped to priority areas. Their project can be found by clicking on this link here.
If you would like to donate to the GlobalGiving fund, the donations given to the fund will be divided according to the need of each of the organizations listed above. You can access our Philippines Flood Relief Fund here.
GlobalGiving and our partners have begun to respond, and will continue to respond to this immediate need for basic necessities such as food, clean water, and shelter. When a disaster hits, people’s daily lives are knocked off balance. You have the ability to restore that balance, both in the short term and in the long term. Small items, such as a fever reducing pill, have a huge impact. The city of Manila will eventually need to be re-built by experienced architects, and they cannot do it alone. Please visit all of our Philippines Flood Relief Projects here.
Thank you once again for your generous support!
Thank you again for your generous donation to GlobalGiving's Philippine Flood Relief Fund, which supported the disaster relief efforts of three organizations based in the Philippines after Tropical Storm Washi swept through in December 2011: De La Salle University in Manila, Merlin, and SIBAT (Sibol Ng Agham At Teknolohiya Inc).
Each organization assisted storm survivors by helping them meet basic needs. The community of De La Salle University came together to direct relief services and supplies such as food and blankets to families in areas that were badly affected. Merlin provided hygiene kits to families in these areas to prevent the spread of disease that can often occur after storms have wiped out medical centers. SIBAT was rehabilitating a storm-damaged hydro power plant in Rapu-Rapu, Albay Province so that members of a small coastal community could move towards a stronger sustainable economy.
Now, the social development unit of De La Salle University in Manila, the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), is partnering with local government to build the skills of local officials in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. COSCA hosted a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management workshop for 42 government officials from March 20-22, 2012. The 42 participants practiced utilizing social networking platforms, early warning systems, and alarms to respond to future disasters quickly and efficiently. They also participated in field visits to local hazard prone areas. Afterwards, participants expressed strong interest in taking what they'd learned at the workshop to put into organized practice in their municipalities.
Thank you again for your generous donation to the Philippine Flood Relief Fund. Your donation has meant so much. You've assisted locally operated organizations in saving lives during a natural disaster. Now, your donation is supporting the training of local government officials so that they can continue to respond to natural disasters in the fastest and most coordinated way possible. Would you like to donate again to support local organizations as they prepare for future disasters?
Thank you for all that you do.
In December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi swept through the Philippines, killing over 1,000 people and displacing thousands more. Especially hard hit were the areas of Cagayan de Oro and Illigan; and President Banigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity. This month, GlobalGiving disbursed $2,611.50 each to three organizations responding to Tropical Storm Washi and other natural disasters in the Philippines.
The Disaster Management Response Program of De La Salle University collected and distributed relief supplies immediately after Hurricane Washi in December 2011. Relief supplies included clothes, blankets, water, noodles, biscuits, and toiletries, and were delivered through partnerships with organizations such as the Philippine Army and Navy. These supplies are estimated to have reached 11,266 families in thirty communities. With alumni support, the school was also able to provide medical and dental services to evacuees. As time went on, the need for a psychosocial response to the floods became evident. During the month of January, members of De La Salle University’s disaster response team began undertaking needs assessments and will be implementing targeted psychosocial relief for survivors of Hurricane Washi.
Merlin, a medical relief organization, partnered with the Philippine organization Community and Family Services International (CFSI) to deliver hygiene kits and offer basic medical assistance in order to prevent the spread of disease after the storm. Items were purchased locally and relief kits were assembled in the Philippines before being delivered by local staff. These kits were distributed to about 2,000 families or 10,000 people. Merlin will continue to provide these kits for an additional month before winding down its storm relief activities.
Sibol Ng Agham At Teknolohiya Inc (SIBAT) is raising funds to rebuild a microhydro power plant on Rapu-Rapu Island that was damaged by two tropical storms in 2006. This plant will assist the numerous fishing communities living on the island by providing them with sustainable energy access. Upon further communication with the fishing communities, SIBAT found that fishermen currently travel long distances for ice blocks in order to keep their produce fresh. An ice-making facility is being incorporated into construction plans in order to provide a local source for ice: keeping fish fresher, longer, and increasing capacity for the island communities along the way.
Thank you for your support! Your donations through GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund have assisted these organizations in providing medical assistance, emergency relief supplies, and long-term disaster relief and reconstruction services to families and communities in the Philippines affected by natural disasters.
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