On behalf of all of our nonprofit partners and communities in the Philippines we would like to send a big thank you for supporting the relief and recovery effort after Super Typhoon Haiyan. As we enter the new year, millions of people remain displaced, but GlobalGiving partners and donors like you are making a difference in these lives.
More than 25 organizations working in the Philippines have already benefited from recovery funds through GlobalGiving, and we recently sent 20 additional grants to our partners! This recent round of funding is supporting groups that are shifting their work from immediate relief to long-term recovery. At the bottom of this email you’ll see a full list of all the organizations included in our most recent grant round, but we wanted to highlight three specific organizations so you can better see the impact of your dollars:
Children’s Joy Foundation ($80,000) has seven Children’s Residential Centers in the Philippines that provide food, shelter, clothing, and education to poor children throughout the country. Since Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, Children’s Joy Foundation distributed relief food and provided hot meals to evacuees, provided a generator that gave light to more than 500 families, distributed fishing boats to families along the coast, constructed a day care center, and held a holiday party for hundreds of children between 3-14 years old. In this long-term recovery phase, they will continue to support the livelihood of small fishermen in Leyte Province, including distributing fishing boats to coastal communities.
Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation ($50,000) is a local organization that has been carrying out relief efforts in the municipalities of Albuera, Dulag, Palo, Capoocan, and Kangasince the typhoon hit in November. WAND has provided safe sanitation through low-cost toilets and hygiene kits, vegetable seeds and other planting materials, emergency food packs in hard-to-reach areas, and provided local building materials to build Filipino-style homes. They will continue the food security and hygiene-related relief activities they have been conducting, but will also add a coconut and banana replanting program to provide additional economic and food security for farmers in the areas who lost their crops in the typhoon.
Mercy in Action Vineyard, Inc ($30,000) is a nonprofit that has been providing free maternal and childcare since 1992. They are based outside the disaster area in Olongapo, Philippines, but after the typhoon, they loaded their ambulance with medical and birth supplies and drove and ferried 36 hours to Leyte Island to set up a mobile birth tent and emergency medical center. Within just a few weeks, 203 pregnant women and 250 breastfeeding women were benefitting from their daily feeding program, 295 women received prenatal exams, they delivered 42 babies, conducted 68 postpartum visits, and distributed 391 boxes of high protein supplements and 427 vitamin packets. This support from GlobalGiving is helping them fulfill their commitment to feed and care for every woman they encounter who was pregnant when Typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte through their delivery and postpartum recovery period.
On November 8, 2013, one of the most severe storms ever recorded hit the Philippines. With a width of 370 miles and gusts as strong as 235 MPH, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) affected more than 13 million Filipinos. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged, and close to 4.5 million people were displaced.
GlobalGiving donors like you displayed their generosity once again, donating more than $1 million for Haiyan relief efforts in less than a week and a half. Some gave to our project partners working in the typhoon-affected area, while others opted to have GlobalGiving determine the allocation of grant funds through our Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Within days, we had already made our first disbursement on the ground so that your dollars could immediately begin to provide relief to those affected by this storm.
GlobalGiving looks at a number of factors when determining grant allocations to ensure that your money is having the biggest impact possible on the relief and recovery effort. We prioritize local organizations over international organizations because we believe these organizations have the specialized knowledge to be most efficient immediately with each dollar they receive. We also recognize, however, that in a disaster of this magnitude, the expertise of larger international relief organizations with experience in post-disaster relief efforts is also needed. We balanced these priorities with an understanding of each organization’s overall capacity, budget size, and history of transparency in the work that they’re accomplishing on the ground to determine the allocations below. In this first disbursement we prioritized relief activities over recovery, but will shift our funding to recovery efforts in the coming weeks and months.
Below you can see exactly how much has been disbursed to each organization. The amounts listed represent a combination of both the funds raised by the organization itself on GlobalGiving as well as the grants GlobalGiving has made to the organizations.
We have been in communication with our partners on the ground every day since the typhoon made landfall, and we have heard stories of the devastation this storm has wrecked on communities across the Central Philippines. Your dollars will be supporting organizations providing food to evacuees, fuel to relief workers to get supplies where they are needed most, locally-made toilets for safe sanitation and more. We are proud of our many partners working endless hours on the ground to alleviate suffering, and are committed to continue getting funds to the ground quickly.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on how your donations are being used in the coming months. Thank you again for your generosity.
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