Super Typhoon Yolanda – One Year Anniversary

It’s the one year anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda’s (Hainan) destructive visit to the Philippines.  Yolanda left a loss of lives and livelihoods in her wake and the country still struggles through recovery.

Despite the tragic and widespread losses, Filipinos are noted for their resilience, for their ability to smile in the face of tragedy.  Undas, or All-Saints and All-Souls days, November 1 and 2, is typical of this where families congregate around the graves of their departed combining a fiesta-like atmosphere with mourning (or turning mourning into a Fiesta?)

In this spirit, ALIG wanted to reach out to its extended family with another Thank You for supporting our Yolanda relief efforts and celebrate what ALIG accomplished with your help.

I wasn’t personally involved in ALIG’s massive effort (other than dropping off toothbrushes and flip flops,) but what impresses me, and why I want to celebrate the accomplishments, is the quick and direct impact our charity efforts had in the effected areas.  By working with the right local partners, relief supplies didn’t languish in a warehouse, houses have been rebuilt, and children started back to school on time.

Here is where the almost PHP 3,000,000 raised was deployed:

1) Immediate Aid: ALIG assembled over 7,000 family hygiene kits and 2,000 baby packs delivered direct to those in need with the help of Norwegian Training Center – Manila. Brent International School, also helped fill our kits. 

Supplies for kits, purchased and donated by ALIG, staged for kit packing
Supplies for kits, purchased and donated by ALIG, staged for kit packing
Loading Norwegian Training Center - Manila's boat with relief supplies for Tacloban.
Loading Norwegian Training Center – Manila’s boat with relief supplies for Tacloban.

Over 270,000 pesos worth of food, water, hygiene items, and building supplies were delivered to Ormoc, Leyte, by ALIG members, helping over 220 families. Santa Fe Moving and Relocation Services transported relief supplies to Manila for deployment.

ALIG members visited survivors relocated to Manila’s Villamoor Air Base and Oplan Hatid helped deliver our relief kits to evacuees.  Medical supplies were purchased to support missions in Carles and Capiz and delivered by MANGGYAN.  A generator was purchased for a town in Bohol, enabling them to restore a potable water supply in their community.

Residents who received building materials through Pandan/ALIG to rebuild their Typhoon-destroyed homes.
Residents who received building materials through Pandan/ALIG to rebuild their Typhoon-destroyed homes.

2) Rebuilding Homes: Jointly with Springboard Foundation, ALIG rebuilt 12 homes within two months of the storm. With the help of Pandan Bay Foundation, who managed distribution of materials, we paid for 84 Families in Antique Island to receive native materials to rebuild their homes.  (After the Pandan Bay Foundation publicized our assistance on Facebook other groups around the world joined in and partnered with them, now hundreds have been give new homes!) The PASAR Foundation put ALIG funds to work buying supplies for the residents of the Abuela community in Ormoc to rebuild their own homes. 

Pandan/ALIG beneficiaries rebuilding Nipa roofs.  ALIG funded materials, beneficiary labor.
Pandan/ALIG beneficiaries rebuilding Nipa roofs. ALIG funded materials, beneficiary labor.

3) Education: Central to ALIG’s ongoing charity mission, we focused Yolanda relief efforts on rebuilding education in the impacted areas to get surviving children back to safe schools with adequate resources.  ALIG’s donation to Brent international School’s ‘Schools for Schools’ program helped rebuild the Guiuan National High School and Lupok Elementary in Eastern Samar.

Working with a local partner, ALIG contributed to the rapid rebuilding of a Typhoon-destroyed school.
Working with a local partner, ALIG contributed to the rapid rebuilding of a Typhoon-destroyed school.

Partnering with the PASAR Foundation, who managed the project, we were able to rebuild the six-classroom Mahayag school in Leyte and provide 153 kg of books and school supplies.  Only seven months after the storm, the school reopened in time for the new school year.   

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Not bad, huh?  Congratulations and many, many thanks, for everyone who contributed money, supplies, helpers, cars, storage space, and personal time. Your tremendous efforts made a impact.

Salamat po!

– Meg Keough, Director of Sponsorship and PR/Communications

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