Please consider supporting relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan! - Page 8
Good news: I just sent out the check to match all donations placed prior to December 11th. The total will be updated on our fundraising page once I have confirmation that it's been processed and received by Mercy Corps.
Until then, just know that, as a group, we'll have successfully raised over $10,000 for much needed typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.
This was a true community effort, and I greatly appreciate your support. You guys submitted amazing badge designs to reward our contributors, you helped us get the word out, and you generously donated over $5,000 of your own money to help those in need. It's an honor to be associated with people like you.
And remember - we're not done yet. Our group fundraiser page will remain open and we'll continue to award badges for all qualifying contributions. (And upgrade badges for those who submit multiple donations.) Typhoon Haiyan may not longer be in the news every day, but it will take years for many affected communities to rebuild and they need all the support they can get.
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Earlier today, I received this certificate of appreciation from Mercy Corps.
As it pertains to the community's collective efforts, I wanted to make sure to share it with all of you:
Remember, it's not too late to get involved. We're still accepting contributions to Mercy Corps via our group fundraising pages. We'll continue to award (and upgrade) badges for all qualifying donations.
Just send me a PM after you donate to draw my attention to the new contribution and I'll see to it that you're recognized for your generous support.
Yesterday, we received an email from Mercy Corps containing an update and a message of thanks. I wanted to share it with you all, to give you a better idea of how your contributions have helped benefit the people and communities affected by this tragedy.
Thursday marks the six-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan. I wanted to take this moment to thank you and Nike Talk for your generosity and update you on how your support continues to impact the lives of Filipino families. I also wanted to share with you this striking photo essay<http://www.mercycorps.org/photoessays/philippines/6-months-after-haiyan-banking-recovery> of the difference you have made, along with a video of thanks<http://www.mercycorps.org/6-months-after-haiyan-thank-you-philippines> from one of our Filipino staff members. I hope you will consider sharing these pieces with your colleagues and others who made this work possible, so that they know how critical your support is and how grateful we are for your partnership.
Mercy Corps’ initial response focused on addressing survivors’ immediate needs for food, clean water and emergency relief items (blankets, soap, shelter items, etc.), with a focus on those in remote areas that had received little or no assistance. We also partnered with ChildFund International to create child-centered spaces which provided critical psychosocial services to help children recover from trauma.
In January, Mercy Corps shifted our focus to longer-term recovery. Many families lost not only their homes, but also their livelihoods. We saw an opportunity to help people get back to work, get back in their homes and to help businesses get back up and running. To that end, we are working with BanKO, a microfinance bank in the Philippines, to deliver cash grants to survivors via mobile phones. This safe and efficient form of support ensures that people can purchase exactly what they need for their families, while kickstarting local markets. It’s also an opportunity for those who have never had access to a savings account to store funds safely and securely using their mobile phones. To date we have registered nearly 22,000 households and distributed funds to over 8,000.
Casimira Amoren Isidto was one of the first to register for the program. In early November, Casimira’s husband died of acute appendicitis. During the wake a few days later, winds began whipping around the house where her family was keeping vigil, and Casimira sent her four young children to a neighbor’s home to take shelter. When the storm subsided, she found that her home had been completely destroyed. With her husband gone and four young children to support, Casimira began to contemplate her next steps. She registered for Mercy Corps’ cash transfer program and used the initial funds (roughly $45), combined with a little savings she had, to make a down payment on 41 square meters of land near her mother-in-law’s house. When asked why she decided to use the money to invest in land, she told us “Because no matter what happens, it’s yours. You can call it your own.”
As part of the program, Casimira will receive two additional cash transfers in the coming months. She told us that she plans to keep the payments in her mobile savings accounts to earn interest, so that she can save for her children’s school fees and other expenses.
The immediate cash boost is an important step in the economic recovery process, both for families like Casimira’s and the local shops where she’ll buy the tools and goods she needs to recover. As a next phase in our recovery programming, BanKO and Mercy Corps have teamed up with IDEO.org, the non-profit arm of global design firm IDEO, to gather input for the design of new financial products that will be tailored to the needs of those hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. You can hear more about this process in this short video<http://www.mercycorps.org/philippines-banking-recovery>.
On behalf of all of us at Mercy Corps “daghang salamat,” many thanks for your partnership to bring help and hope to Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
No, it's not too late. The fundraising page is still open and they'll continue to use donated funds to support recovery efforts in the Philippines.
Now that we're over six months in, any members who contribute should send me a PM to ensure that their reward badges are processed quickly.
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It's not too late. We've received a few new contributions to that page after it was mentioned in the topic post of our current fundraising drive for Room to Read.
My previous response in this thread still applies. You can contribute as long as the fundraising page remains open. Just be sure you make your contribution through our fundraising page (https://www.mercycorps.org/people/niketalk/philippines), leave your username as a comment, and then send me PM so I can add your badge.
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