Dec 30, 2013

You made change possible


2013 - What a year it has been!

As the year comes to a close, it is important to acknowledge the amazing work that you have accomplished in one of the world’s toughest places.

Because of you, more than 176,000 people got the resources they needed to keep their livestock healthy, protect their harvests and feed their families during ongoing food shortages in the Sahel. You made families more resilient to future droughts and gave them the tools and farming strategies that will help them weather erratic rainfall. 

And it is not too late to make more of an impact in 2013. You help women and children become less vulnerable to unpredictable weather and help improve the health of their livestock, to ensure they have the means to support themselves in the long-term.

On behalf of the families who you help thrive in one of the world’s toughest places - thank you.


In Gratitude,

Carlene Deits


Dec 30, 2013

Families begin to move forward after Typhoon Haiyan

Julita, Eastern Philippines
Julita, Eastern Philippines

Over a month after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, displaced families are understandably eager to return home and begin rebuilding. There has been a shortage of building materials in the country, but as more shipments make their way to battered islands, survivors are setting out to repair damage or set up temporary shelters.

Even in more remote areas that receive little assistance, resourceful residents are salvaging what debris and timber they can.

It's communities like this, farther from main distribution channels, that we targeted to receive new recovery kits with construction supplies like hammers, shovels, nails and tarps.

"I discussed with the village leader and the community what they needed most," Emergency Program Manager Dewi Hanifah explained of the first visit to Julita. "They wanted supplies that they could use for the longer term. Because most people work as farmers, they can also use the tools in these kits for their work and lives in the future."

Julita is an inland municipality deep in the eastern Philippines. Its remote location — accessed by a long drive over muddy, storm-ravaged roads — has made it difficult for the government to provide the area with relief.

Additionally, we distributed hygiene and cooking supplies including essential items like soap and detergent, and cooking and eating utensils. Over 400 families in Julita also received emergency rice distributions — a total of five tons — as the need for food remains an urgent priority for those displaced by the storm.

In all, we reached 1,800 families in 14 villages in Leyte province that were most affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The supplies help meet their day-to-day needs and give them the opportunity to focus on long-term rebuilding.

"It was wonderful to see the families' faces when they received the reconstruction kits. They haven't received any other help like this, and they kept saying how much they needed it," Dewi said.

Because of you, Mercy Corps is able to reach thankful families in remote locations who have yet to receive critical, if any, aid. And it is not too late to make more of an impact in 2013. You will reach more survivors of Typhoon Haiyan with lifesaving food, critical supplies and support that helps them recover and begin rebuilding.

On behalf of the resilient families in the Philippines who are now begining to move forward - thank you.


With Gratitude,

Alyssa Cogan



Families receive critical reconstruction kits
Families receive critical reconstruction kits


Dec 20, 2013

Help twice as many young Typhoon Haiyan survivors


Since the typhoon struck, life has been a daily struggle for millions of people who have lost so much — loved ones, homes, livelihoods. And their challenges will continue for a long time to come.

Now, families must begin the long and difficult process of rebuilding, and they need your help. Will you stand with them by making a monthly pledge to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan today?

You will provide the consistent support that survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need to move beyond crises and begin rebuilding their lives. And, right now is the ideal time because now until December 31st GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match of your first monthly contribution.

Your commitment allows us to continue to help families in Palo, in Leyte province, where our team most recently traveled to deliver food, cooking supplies and hygiene kits to families struggling to recover after Typhoon Haiyan. Palo took a direct hit from the devastating storm (known locally as Yolanda) and nearly all of its 62,000 residents have been affected. Over 15,000 homes in Palo were destroyed, forcing families to find refuge in makeshift tents or crowded evacuation centers — some of which have now closed due to the damage they sustained.

Distributing Food Kits

Over 2,000 people are living in evacuation centers where food, water and supplies are scarce — not to mention the thousands more living outside. We distributed 4,000 food kits to feed 20,000 area residents. Each food kit contains rice, canned goods and instant noodles — enough to feed a family of five for up to five days.

Child-Friendly Spaces

While urgent needs must be met, children also need support to deal with their memories of the terrifying storm and sadness over what they’ve lost. The UN estimates that six million children have been affected by the disaster across the country.

We’ve opened two child-friendly spaces in Palo, where kids can regain a sense of normalcy with activities and informal education until they can return to school. Staff and local volunteers organize games, sports and counseling that help children cope with the trauma they’ve experienced. Sessions are held six days a week. Over 130 children between 3 and 14 years old visited the opening day.

One young survivor, 11-year-old Danica says, “I am glad to come here and play games. I lost all my toys in the typhoon and we don’t have anywhere we can play because the streets and houses are all gone.” Her family’s house was demolished in the storm.

Milton Pedrosa who we met along with his five-year-old daughter Aryan Mae says, “I am happy that there is somewhere my daughter can go that is safe. I am a pedicab driver so I can’t be home all the time, and my wife has to go stand in line for food distributions. For the children it is hard to be in the evacuation center all day without activities.”

A Time to Play = A Time to Heal

Your continuous support assures that young survivors like Danica and Aryan have a safe place to go while their parents start to rebuild. For many children affected by the storm, a time play is also a time for them to heal. Thank you for giving these young survivors a safe space to just be kids.



Dan O'Neil

Mercy Corps Founder

Starting today until December 31st at 11:59pm EST you can double the support being sent to families in the Philippines. Simply click on the monthly recurring tab on the top right side of the project page when you make your donation. You will assure that the immediate as well as the long term needs of Typhoon Haiyan survivors are met and that they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Palo, Leyte province
Palo, Leyte province
Milton Pedrosa and daughter Aryan Mae
Milton Pedrosa and daughter Aryan Mae


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