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May 26, 2020

Progress Report; Over 17,000 people reached with food relief, hygiene packs and health education

Dear Friends,


I am writing to share a four-week update report (attached) showing all the communities that we have supported through the One Bayanhian Emergency Response Project to reach and protect the most vulnerable people. Over 95% of the funds we have invested to One Bayanihan to date have come from individual donations via GlobalGiving - without your support, we would not be able to do this urgent and vital work. 


In addition to the report, we have published 3 videos of our work via our Facebook page, which you can access here (please like it to follow all our progress). Our recent video shows the resilience and hopes of 3 young people from Sitio Marna, one of the communities we have committed to helping throughout the lockdown.

The full report can be found attached. 

As of May 11th, a total of 3,800 families (approx. 17,100 adults and children) have been reached through the One Bayanihan project in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City, with food packs, hygiene kits and educational protection sessions around COVID-19. 

These families represent the most vulnerable groups who often have been wholly reliant on government support and those who have been without income since March 28th. FundLife has also responded to stranded informal workers who do often did not qualify for government support and those without food security. 

In addition to regular distribution drives for the most vulnerable, FundLife and Bayanihan Mission have committed to sponsoring Sitio Marna, on the border between Mandaue and Cebu City. Sitio Marna is a densely populated community consisting of 550 highly vulnerable families (approx 2,100 individuals), supported mostly by daily wage earners. 

Responding to partner needs, FundLife has also helped to sponsor 32 families in Pasig, Manila, who are under the care of the Gawad Kalinga Football Program.  Working and responding to the needs of local government, FundLife has facilitated the production of 150 face-shields and donated them to the Department of Health for direct use by medical practitioners and front liners. In addition to this, Bayanihan Mission, a direct partner of FundLife, facilitated the production of over 3,300 facemasks and 380 face-shields that have been donated to front-liners.

 

We have committed to continuing our relief operations until at least June 16th to continue providing emergency assistance to families who are still unable to earn under the on-going ECQ. Beyond this, we are already in discussions about recovery support to groups who have been left without long-term employment because of COVID-19.

Thank you for all your support, which is what makes our work possible. 

Please stay safe during these difficult days for us all.

With gratitude,
Marko

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Apr 23, 2020

4 COVID-19 Relief Operations Completed

Dear Supporter,

We are writing to share with you a comprehensive report on the impact your donations have had so far. The report is attached in PDF format below.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of donors from all over the world,  and the compassion of local volunteers that have been vital to reaching the most vulnerable communities during this crisis.

We are especially grateful to our local partners, including Bayanihan Mission, who has been amazing in helping mobilise volunteers that have helped us throughout this response in finding, connecting with and reaching the most vulnerable people and communities. A big 'Thank You' to everyone for standing with the people who require the most help.  

On April 22nd, it was announced that the enhanced quarantine in Cebu will be extended until May 15th, which will continue to have a devesting impact on children and families who continue to be without income and rely on government provisions but are also overwhelmed by the size of this crisis. We will continue our efforts to keep reaching the hardest hit by the ECQ and those who fall through the cracks of support systems. 

If you are encouraged by the work we are doing, please do consider sharing the project with your network, and if your circumstances allow, please consider making an additional gift. We will continue to keep you informed about the work we doing and the impact your donation is having.

Wherever you are reading this, please continue to keep your families and communities safe and healthy.

 

  

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Apr 9, 2020

$1,000 Milestone - A quick update on our efforts

Permission for relief operations in Cebu City
Permission for relief operations in Cebu City

 Dear Supporter,

We have just reached $1,000 in donations and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this project. If we don't raise another cent, this amount (and a small commitment from one of our project partners) is enough to provide food packs that can protect and sustain 80 families for 8-10 days in desperate need of support!

Thank you for your generosity and trust. 

As a quick update on what we have done to date;

  • Secured several permits to successfully move around and conduct this relief operation during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
  • Secured special permission to procure bulk purchases of core relief goods
  • Coordinated with local government to ensure due-diligence in identifying and directly reaching the most vulnerable communities and those who have yet to receive support 
  • Found a local partner to help us with mobilising volunteers for packaging and distribution
  • Begun securing supplies, using wherever possible local vendors to ensure we can help them during this period.

In the next 7 days, we hope to deliver our first food distribution. We are just waiting for support from the local government to help us identify the most in need and help us manage the safety of the community and our volunteers during distribution.

While we would like to have had this from the beginning, it has been very important to us that we have the accountability of the food packs reaching those who need them the most. We do not want anyone selected for any other reason other than the greatest need - and so we have been doing our own assessments of communities in greatest need.

We will keep you updated on our progress all the way through. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook where we will share key updates from the distribution. You may follow us here -  https://www.facebook.com/FundLifeInt/

Looking at our donor list for the first time, it's amazing to see so many donors from all over the world. COVID-19 has caused much havoc around the world, but it has also shown how inspirational people can be when they feel compelled to help one another. 

We are deeply grateful for all our old and new friends who are helping us. For those who may not have seen it, I share a letter FundLife released in response to COVID-19. The letter was first published on March 20th through our newsletter

Thank you and stay safe,
Marko

 

 

Message from FundLife - A Time to Stand Together 

Dear Friends,

These are possibly the most testing times we have collectively endured. It is critical that we come together and not let fear divide us.

The Impact of COVID-19 in the Philippines

On March 10th, the Philippines declared a national emergency, with many schools and non-essential services closing on March 16th for a period of 30 days. Many parts of the Philippines, including Tacloban and Cebu, where we work, are under strict community quarantine. The majority of Airports and Seaports are closed for passenger travel and people are being advised to, wherever possible, stay at home.

As the county fights to contain the spread of COVID-19, our thoughts are with the most vulnerable groups, who sometimes face an impossible choice – go to work to secure a livelihood or stay home, and risk not having any food for their families.

We are especially concerned about the impact COVID-19 will have on the children our programing reaches every week. The interruption to their education and reduction of vital support services will put them at increased risk during the community quarantine period. We are doing all we can to make sure children and their families remain protected while vital services cannot reach them.

 

Our Response to COVID-19

We are following the advice of health experts and have implemented remote working practises. We have also prepared hygiene education materials for children and have disseminated as much information as we can online. We have created a special fund to support the distribution of Coronavirus education packs and donations of vital medical provisions for front-line healthcare workers and those in underserved communities.

We are in touch with partners about getting COVID-19 test-kits into communities that severely lack them. If you would like to support any of these COVID-19 prevention measures, you may click here.

From tomorrow (March 20th), the country will cease all international flights from Manila. Our entire management and volunteer team have decided to stay put and offer whatever relief we can to some of the Philippines' most unprotected children and families.

Perhaps more than ever before, we need your support to maintain these services that reach those experiencing food, income and protection insecurity.

Message To Our Supporters

Our message is simple – please stand with your own communities and be kind to others, especially to the most vulnerable.  

If there is one theme that has emerged from this global pandemic, it is that people need people. The pursuit of professional profit and personal gain does not mean a thing if we do not take care of our communities and look out for each other. 

No matter how long we are required to maintain social distancing, let us continue to practise social inclusion, not just as individuals, but as leaders in business and in society.

If you need to reach any of our team, our emails are open and you can reach me on mk@fundlife.org

Stay safe and take care,

Marko Kasic
FundLife

Permission to do relief ops in Manadaue City
Permission to do relief ops in Manadaue City
We purchased masks from vulnerable street vendors
We purchased masks from vulnerable street vendors
 
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