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Paving the Way for Typhoon Survivors in the Philippines

Organized by: Samantha Herrera and Monica Polanco

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Palo, Philippines Update
July 15, 2016

After nearly a year of dreaming and planning, we arrived in Palo, a community in the Philippines that was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan See More

EVENT DATE Jun 28, 2016


Super Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of devastation in the Philippines in 2013. The storm claimed 6,300 lives, damaged or destroyed more than a million homes and ripped off the roof of a day care center in Palo, leaving only the walls.

Undeterred by these losses, the residents of Palo created a makeshift day care out of tents. Their children soldiered on without school supplies or books.

Paving The Way (PTW),  a social work non-profit in New York City,  has partnered with Palo Day Care Center PDCC Rebuilding Project to provide books, meals and services to children ages 3 to 5. This fundraiser will also help rebuild the day care center as part of a broader mission to strengthen this community's access to education, a fundamental means of empowerment and self-determination.

PTW will visit Palo in June 2016. During that time, PTW will provide the community with a needs assessment, education about mental health, brief counseling with families and consult with local providers.

Our goal is to support Palo as it works to create lasting change. Your contributions will help support a people that were devastated but not broken by a natural disaster. 

We aim to raise $10,000. About 75 percent of this will go directly to the people of Palo. The remainder will cover PTW's administrative costs so that we can continue to provide free social work services!

Each time you share this project with others, you help Palo nurture its youth and pave the way for a better future! 

Thank you!

Paving the Way

Samantha Herrera, LCSW and Monica Polanco, LMSW



4% Raised of $10,000 Goal

  • AM Jamison


  • Anonymous


  • Joni and Sergio


Organized by

Samantha Herrera and Monica Polanco

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Joni and Sergio

Joni and Sergio


2 years ago



2 years ago

AM Jamison

AM Jamison

In loving memory to Brenda Louise, whose love of reading inspired me as a child and the woman I became. 2 years ago

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