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EarthCocoTsunamiRelief

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THE STORY:

It doesn't take big money to make a difference in a small community. It just takes well-targeted gifts plus a direct and reliable system of delivering these gifts to the people for whom they are intended. The lasting value this creates for both the givers and receivers is inestimable.
THE NEED:
On November 8, 2013, when the most powerful typhoon ever to make landfall struck the Philippines, it wiped out 70% of the farming and fishing industries that had provided sustenance for the people of Eastern Samar. The EarthCoco foundation, which was on site when the typhoon struck, is now seeking a combined donation of approximately $20,000 to build a community education and outreach center on its property in the affected area.
The Community Center will enable EarthCoco Foundation to:
1. Initiate and maintain a year-round volunteer program that brings teachers, medical personnel, carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, artisans, etc. to Samar to support and empower islanders with long-term, self sustaining improvements in the quality of their lives.
2. Help villagers create cottage industries by relearning traditional crafts and mastering new ones that will enable them to use locally sourced materials (e.g. red clay and coconut husks and shells) to make artifacts to sell through EarthCoco, Inc.'s website. ALL proceeds go to the artisans.
3. Set-up programs for soliciting collecting, warehousing, inventorying, and shipping basic supplies from the U.S. directly to the people of Samar and neighboring villages.
MY PART:
I will travel to the Philippines September 1, 2014 and working alongside EarthCoco's founder to build houses for 3 local families and hopefully begin to lay the foundation for the community center as well.
THE GOAL:
To raise $5,000 to help cover the cost of the airline ticket and tools for building.

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