Destruction in Busuanga
In Southeast Asia, the Philippines specifically, the rainy season promotes fairly constant flooding and therefore there are always displaced people. These disasters are constantly happening, so when there might seem like some progress it’s, ultimately reversed by yet another storm or flooding. This GlobalGiving fund promotes sustained emergency preparedness and prevention measures. Each of GlobalGiving’s partners in this relief effort are making strides in different fields of need thanks to your amazing donations! Below are just a few of the awesome projects that our partners are working on in cleaning up the Philippines.
Asia America Initiatives
In an often related, but overlooked, repercussion of typhoons is the increase in human trafficking and slavery. This nauseating outcome is being spearheaded by Asia America Initiatives to help women and children escape this terrifying fate. They are using those funds to combat trafficking and slavery through livelihood opportunities. Like, purchasing at least six sewing machines and looms to create entrepreneurial co-ops to make traditional weaving and clothing for at least 30 women. Charity can never be enough. Instead, with income earned from working they can feed their families and avoid exploitation.
International Disaster Volunteers
IDV is working hard to prepare locals of Banaba for inevitable flooding. They stockpile peoples homes with food and essential supplies to ease suffering during and after floods. A huge risk to these families are floods that come in the middle of the night, International Disaster Volunteers train families how to prepare and act during such instances. Also, they have on-the-ground volunteers to help when waters rise.
De La Salle University
This Filipino university in Manila has made huge strides in providing to needy families in the southern districts of the Philippines. Their most recent report details their distribution center for family care packages. The standard package included rice, noodles or munggo beans, cans of sardines or corned beef, bottled water, biscuit mix, coffee, sugar, salt, candles, slippers, clothes, and toiletries. Volunteers at the center were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages! De La Salle is currently moving into their second phase of psychological first aid and plans to move onto phase three (school rehabilitation) soon!
Your donations are doing amazing work, but as you can tell this problem is ongoing and the Philippines still need your help! Destruction due to flooding is a daily struggle that Filipinos face; working with GlobalGiving’s partners they will be better prepared and equipped to help with the struggles they face. Thank you again for your continued support!
Thank you for keeping them alive in 2014!
Sorting family relief packages
Packing relief packages destined for the Visayas
Families receiving relief packages!