BENEFITING: GO ABROAD FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Dec 25, 2013
In 2011, I spent three incredible months building a community center, educating children, and making lifelong friends in Tacloban City, Philippines. In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, I am headed back there for a month to bring supplies and assist in the reconstruction effort. I am funding my ticket and travel expenses, as well as a shipment of medical supplies and construction materials to Tacloban.
Volunteer For The Visayas (VFV), the organization I am working with, is providing direct aid in the aftermath of the storm and laying foundations for strong communities in the future. Everything you give to VFV, in partnership with the Go Abroad Foundation, will go directly to on the ground aid and supplies. All overhead is covered by fees paid by volunteers like myself, so this is the best way to ensure your dollars are having the greatest impact on the ground in this time of tremendous need. Please help me support this worthy cause.
For almost ten years, Volunteer For The Visayas (VFV) has been building homes, supporting healthy food access, educating children and strengthening communities in and around Tacloban City, Philippines from its headquarters in Barangay (Neighborhood) 64, "Bliss Sagkahan." During Typhoon Yolanda, lives were saved as residents of villages that were flattened took refuge in community centers sponsored and built by VFV and its volunteers.
In the aftermath of the storm, though Bliss, the VFV headquarters, is heavily damaged, VFV is already providing shelter, food, and much needed medical care to victims of the disaster. Every dollar of your contribution is tax deductible and will go directly to supplies and relief for Filipinos in a time of desperate need, delivering life saving essentials in the short term and laying the foundations for safe, healthy and vibrant communities in the years to come.
For example, a $20 donation can deliver a LifeStraw water filtration device to a child or family to prevent the spread of disease from water contaminated by the bodies of those who perished.
For $100, 50 pounds of repurposed medical supplies can be made available to medical staff to treat the wounded and sick.
For $1000, an entire community center site can be provisioned with the tools necessary to begin rebuilding the centers that saved lives during the storm, and will give hope and anchor communities for years to come.
As we give thanks this holiday season, please consider those in such need, and contribute to this cause today.
Read more about the work VFV has done in Tacloban here:
Watch a video about Elsa, a VFV Volunteer, the Cangumbang Community Center and the lives it saved here: