Ground-Breaking Projects For ShelterBox In The Philippines

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Christine Mae Ofiasa and her (then) fourteen-day old baby, Rona Mae, were among some of the early recipients of a ShelterBox aid after Haiyan first struck, Bantayan, Philippines, December 2013. Christine Mae Ofiasa and her (then) fourteen-day old baby, Rona Mae, were among some of the early recipients of a ShelterBox aid after Haiyan first struck, Bantayan, Philippines, December 2013.

ShelterBox continues to develop new shelter solutions to meet the needs of communities affected by disasters 

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013, was the most powerful storm ever to make landfall, claiming 6,200 lives and destroying a million homes. In the five months following the disaster, more than 100 ShelterBox Response Team members delivered 7,000 tents, 10,000 solar lights, 870 water filtration systems, 2,300 mosquito nets, 445 tool kits and 30 SchoolBoxes.

But our assistance has not stopped there. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have maintained our commitment to the Philippines and are extending the type of help we are able to offer. The ShelterBox is still at the heart of what we do…

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Real Men’ says goodbye to Leyte


by Jonathan M. Hicap
July 22, 2014

The stars of the Korean TV show “Real Men” spent their last days in Leyte, Philippines, interacting and playing games with Filipinos.

As shown in the fourth episode of the TV show that aired on July 20, Super Junior M’s Henry Lau, ZE:A’s Hyungsik, actor Kim Soo Ro, singer K.Will, Park Gun-hyung, Chung Jung-myung, Seo Kyung-suk and Sam Hammington wrapped up their tour of duty in the region with the rehabilitation of the Naga-Naga Elementary School in Palo, Leyte.

Joint Philippine and South Korean forces, as with the show’s cast, helped rebuild the school, which was damaged by Typhoon “Yolanda” back in November.

A mini-program was staged as part of the celebration.

Henry Lau and Seo Kyung-suk, together with two Korean soldiers and four students, danced to Girls’ Generation’s “Gee.”

The audience, especially the “Real Men” cast, were surprised and delighted when K-pop girl group Rainbow appeared on stage.

Korean and Filipino soldiers, together with members of Rainbow participated in several games including tug-of-war (won by Filipino soldiers), a sack race and Korean wresting, or ssireum.Locals expressed gratefulness to the cast for their effort via a thank-you note written on a blackboard inside the newly refurbishedschool.

It read: “Dear Korean Angels, We are blessed to have you. This would not be possible without your help. You give us encouragement, love, and moral support. Soon you will be leaving us. You’ll be flying home but the legacy you leave shall be imprinted in every soul of the Naga-Naga Elem. pupils, teachers and parents. Thank you very much and more power! Kamsahamnida.”

Pakistan donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
7:16 am | Friday, March 14th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Ambassador Safdar Hayat of Pakistan on Thursday handed over a check for $1 million to Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as his government’s contribution to the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda which struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8.

In a simple handover ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Del Rosario accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government and expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for this gesture of goodwill and friendship. Hayat reiterated the messages of the president and the prime minister of Pakistan expressing deep sympathy for the tragic loss of life and property caused by the typhoon.

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Help for Haiyan survivors from Singapore, with love

POSTED ON 03/01/2014 11:31 PM  | UPDATED 03/02/2014 11:17 AM


MANILA, Philippines – Singaporean performer Miranda Ho Sze-Yi had second thoughts in joining a group of artists who went to Leyte and Samar last January. The group staged a free two-day benefit concert for Typhoon Haiyan survivors dubbed “From Singapore with love.”I was a bit hesitant on going, I am not going to lie,” Sze-Yi said.

The scale of death and destruction flashed on television and posted in the Internet a thousand times must have scared her. She is not used to seeing children, women, and families crammed into endless rows of rain-soaked makeshift shelters. She lives in a country with no homeless residents and where homes are built to withstand disasters.

But when she met the people in the cities of Ormoc, Tacloban, and Borongan, she realized she made the right decision to come and perform for the survivors. She was not only able to help but also found new friends.”The locals were so welcoming and enthusiastic! Sometimes I even forgot where we were and had fun with them, just like old friends,” Ho Sze-Yi recalled her experience.

Adopt a family, build a house

Hundreds of survivors showed up to watch the performances that gave them a brief respite from the impact of the tragedy. Directed by the award-winning Singaporean composer Erick Guansing, the performances showcased various music styles including rock, pop, ballad, and hip hop.

“We were so glad that this simple act of kindness through the power of music, was able to contribute substantially not only to the material and tangible rehabilitation…but most significantly, for a moment, we were able to entertain them,” said MaryJane Salomon, founder of Help Direct Initiative (HDI), which organized the concert.Part of the event was the distribution of more than a thousand mattresses donated by the Singapore Red Cross.


HDI also launched a campaign called “Adopt A Family and Build A House for P20,000 or 600 SGD.” Every house, which will be built by local carpenters following building standards, will be named after the benefactor.”It is our goal to make every survivor feel that people outside of the Philippines, such as the Singaporeans, understand and will continue to provide support, when its needed in more ways than one,” Salomon said.Months after the deadliest typhoon hit the Philippines, the “needs remain enormous,” according to the United Nations. It urged government and aid agencies to find ways to provide shelter for the homeless.

Typhoon Haiyan hit Visayas on November 8, 2013, destroying 1.1 million houses and leaving more than 4 million people homeless. It killed at least 6,200 people. More than 2,000 others are still missing.

Helping a neighbor in need

This March, a 30-minute documentary film about the concert and the plight of Haiyan survivors will be aired in Singapore to help raise funds for recovery efforts.

The documentary is directed by Ian White and co-produced by Gin Kai Chan, one of Singapore’s prominent filmmakers.

Chan, who also visited Leyte and Samar, said he was inspired to see how strong the spirit of the Filipino people is in the face of massive destruction and loss of life.”The storm might have destroyed houses, but solidarity within families, and the unity of the community grew. It may have brought about hunger and sicknesses, but it also strengthened the resolve and resilience of the people,” Chan said.”I may have come to provide assistance, but I left with a heart that is humbled, and that has learnt so much from you. As a Singaporean, a neighbor that is not far from you, I will carry on doing my utmost to help you,” he added. –

P10M aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors from Papua New Guinea

By Matikas Santos
INQUIRER.net12:29 pm | Friday, February 21st, 2014


MANILA, Philippines – Students from poor schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and hundreds of local companies and individuals banded together to raise more than P10 million for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

“What happened here is that the small schools gave kina [the local currency of PNG]. We know the schools are impoverished but they still came up with money they got,” Roel Sta. Cruz, president of the Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea (FAPNG), shared in an email to

“It was probably their lunch money that they donated. We were shocked because they weren’t even Filipino and all of them are coming forward. It’s unbelievable,” Sta. Cruz said.

In the full list of donors disclosed by the FAPNG, among the donors are the Grade 10 students of St. Joseph’s International Catholic School which contributed 614 kina or approximately P11,052.

It also listed donors such as Kopkop College (1,600 kina), Kenmore Men’s Volleyball Team (700 kina), Port Moresby National High School Teachers and Students (3,009 kina), St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School Students (1,000 kina), and Korobosea Boroko East International School Students (445 kina).

PNG is a developing country in Southeast Asia beside Indonesia and just north of Australia with a population of around seven million.

The FAPNG raised a total of P10,185,360 from individuals, companies, schools, and local governments which they donated in full to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).

“It’s not just the association itself that donated, the Papua New Guinea community as a whole really pitched in together,” Sta. Cruz said.

“Our goal was to coordinate all these charity fundraising and make sure they are funnelled through us to make sure that the money will get through the right hands,” he said.

The FAPNG also organized a three-night concert to raise funds. One of the bands who performed and helped organize the event was independent Australian pop band “Sheppard.”

Three of the band members are siblings and their father, who has many Filipino employees, was the one who contacted the FAPNG volunteering to perform in the fund raising concert.

Proceeds from the concert totalled 163,648 kina or approximately P2,945,664.The head of the local government of Bougainville, the easternmost island of PNG, donated 100,000 kina or approximately P1,800,000.

John Momis, Autonomous Bougainville Government president, “wanted to make sure he gives back to those who suffered there,” Sta. Cruz said because Momis used to come to Manila for his medical check-ups.PNG is home to 21,888 permanent, temporary, and irregular Filipinos, according to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.Majority of them, 20,157, are temporary meaning they are only there under a limited employment contract.

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Netherlands’ Miss Saigon stars help raise funds for Tacloban

By Dheza Marie Aguilar, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Posted at 02/18/2014 9:21 AM | Updated as of 02/18/2014 9:21 AM


THE NETHERLANDS – In a night filled with music, dance and lively performances, former stars of Miss Saigon Netherlands and Dutch celebrities gathered to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, particularly the children.

The benefit concert dubbed as “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” featured performances by Anouk Maas, Ferry Doedens, Tony Neef, Linda Wagenmakers, Joanne Telesford and many others.

The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Help Tacloban Foundation (HET), an organization that supports school children in Tacloban, by donating study materials and in the rehabilitation of Capoocan Elementary School.

The concert was organized by theater and film actor Arvin Quirante who was part of “Miss Saigon” in the Netherlands and Barcelona. Although not born or raised in Tacloban, Quirante knows the difficulties that the children are going through after their families lost everything during the typhoon. He himself struggled with poverty when he was a kid.“Many of these children have been orphaned by Typhoon Yolanda, many have lost their source of income. Probably many are single parents. I can relate to this because my mother was a single parent and I understand their needs,” said Quirante in an interview with Balitang Europe.


Many of the performers were Quirante’s friends and colleagues from “Miss Saigon.” He said they were thankful to be given the opportunity to directly help Tacloban through their talents.

Linda Wagenmakers, who played the role of Kim in the Dutch version of Miss Saigon, said she used to work with a lot of Filipinos, some of which have become her friends, that’s why she feels connected to the Philippines.“There are people that lived through it. It is very important now, especially for the kids that they get to have a future. They have to go back and start their lives so I think that’s always a good reason to join [the concert],” she said.

Meanwhile the event’s hosts, theater actress Anouk Maas and Dutch actor Ferry Doedens, said they were at first nervous performing in the event but the crowd, particularly Filipinos, was a fun audience.


“We think it’s really important to do this for the people [in Tacloban]. You would do it for your own mother, your own brother, so why not other people?” said Maas.“I think it’s terrible what happened there and every little bit helps,” Doedens added.

Most of the audience had already donated through the national fundraising campaign Giro 555 which generated a total donation of more than P2 billion, but many still believe that a lot more is needed to be done to rebuild the lives of the victims.

“I felt really sad when I saw the devastation there. I was taking action to encourage everyone to donate money. It’s a country that does not have enough means to develop itself again. If we make sure that the money gets to the right people then we will help,” said Dutch TV presenter Koen Frederik Smit.

At the end of the night, “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” charity concert was able to raise €4.750 (approximately P289,308).



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