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A Year Later: How to Help Yolanda Survivors

You can still do your share in helping them start over.
PHOTO Gawad Kalinga

A natural disaster hitting the country is always a difficult time, but rebuilding what was damaged and lost can be more challenging. A year has passed since Typhoon Yolanda's destruction, but the communities affected are still trying to get back on their feet. You can do your share in helping them start over by checking out these organizationss.

  1. Habitat for Humanity. The international, non-government, and non-profit organization has launched Rebuild Philippines (#ReBuildPH), a project that addresses the shelter needs of those affected by Typhoon Yolanda. They aim to distribute shelter pair kits for 30,000 families as well as build 30,000 house/shelter units. You can check out their site for updates on this ongoing project and details on how to donate.

  2. Gawad Kalinga. This homegrown movement prides itself in working to end poverty by "first restoring the dignity of the poor." GK has funded 2,923 houses, and aims to fund and build 3,000 come 2015. They also have a Kusina ng Kalinga, an anti-hunger program that serves nutritious food to kids every day. Most of the areas hit where fishing communities, so GK has distributed balangay boats among the fisher folk. Cash donations will go a long way to help the communities, but GK also invites volunteers to work with them not just in Yolanda-hit areas, but in other communities that need help as well. Read more about what they do here.

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  3. CARE. As an international humanitarian agency, CARE helps provide emergency relief and put up long-term projects to fight poverty in different parts of the globe. CARE has distributed food packages to families in Ormoc and Panay, as well as emergency shelter kits after the storm. Cash grants were also distributed to an initial 27,000 households for them to restart their economic activities. They are currently running a feeding program in schools in Leyte and Panay, focusing on "build back safer" trainings, and distributing shelter repair kits. All these projects are ongoing, and you can check their site for details on how to help. 

  4. National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). NAFCON, a multi-issue alliance of groups and individuals in the United States, has raised more than $1 million to help affected communities. They've partnered with local volunteer groups for relief and rebuilding efforts, and distributed relief packs to communities in Palo and Tacloban. The group also distributed farm seeds and tools, and construction materials for homes, and helped in fishing boat repair. NAFCON invites people to participate in their health missions and calls for continuous donations. To donate, you can go to their site

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