Relief and Rebuilding
PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT
Over the past three months, NAFCON, with the support of your donations, has partnered with genuine grassroots all-volunteer networks to offer direct relief and rebuilding support to tens of thousands of typhoon-affected families and individuals.
FROM RELIEF TO THE SEEDS OF REBUILDING
Most recently, in Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, our partners conducted relief missions where they distributed squash and sayote in addition to relief packs. The team also provided medical assistance to 900 community members. In these areas, the prices of vegetables, including sayote and squash, have skyrocketed following Typhoon Haiyan. They currently range from P100 to P130 per kilo, these vegetables sold previously for only P20-P50 per kilo or less.
In the last month, our partners also conducted missions in the Eastern Visayas, which began sowing the seeds of rebuilding—literally. In addition to delivering 8,000 relief packs, the teams also provided construction materials and 2,000 seed packs so that affected communities could begin building shelter and planting their own crops.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO A VILLAGE
Conducting relief operations in communities with no infrastructure and lacking electricity, running water, communication, roads, and shelter requires relief teams with comprehensive skills, supplies, and equipment.
These operations also depend on thousands of volunteers from other parts of the Philippines and around the world, willing to donate their time, skills, and compassion to helping those in need. Many of the volunteers on these missions are low-income working people too, some of whom faced similar tragedies themselves, such as those from BALSA Mindanao who were impacted by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012.
THE RELIEF PACK
One of the main forms of relief is the packs which address the most immediate needs of those in affected communities. Providing this form of relief entails a massive effort that organizes the preparation and transport of food and other basic items to support several thousand families from one island of the archipelago to another.
Each relief mission provides comprehensive relief packs. For example, BALSA National missions in November and December distributed several thousand packs with:
- 5 kilos of rice
- 6 canned goods
- 1/2k dry fish & 1/2k monggo
- 1/4k salt & 1/4sugar
- 2 packs biscuits
- 1.5L water
YOUR GENEROSITY CULTIVATES HOPE
Our efforts together have already contributed to the immediate relief and early rebuilding of more than 50,000 families. Your generosity has helped to heal broken limbs, feed starving people, and shelter families. Your kindness also symbolizes international solidarity and hope for the people of the Philippines. By donating through NAFCON, your support, united with thousands of volunteers and grassroots, people-to-people organizations, demonstrates the power of our collective humanity and our international solidarity and hope for the people of the Philippines. Together, we have coursed 100% of NAFCON’s proceeds directly toward providing relief. Below is an example of how NAFCON donations were used in November and December.
TOGETHER WE CAN
The more than thirteen million people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan have been doubly victimized, both by the typhoon and by government neglect. We must continue our support. The need for rehabilitation and rebuilding will continue for years to come, and we know that the people’s perseverance, in conjunction with genuine solidarity, will succeed.
Please, continue to support and join NAFCON’s efforts to rebuild the Philippines. We encourage you to participate in ongoing Solidarity and Health Missions and contribute first-hand to offering hope. For more information visit us at www.nafconusa.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 415.333.6267. You can also find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/nafconusa.