Project #56 & 57 | Emergency Relief In the Philippines
Our partnership with World Concern & Medical Team International
Super Typhoon Haiyan left a wake of devastation and destruction in the Philippines as it made landfall on November 8th, 2013 as one of the most powerful Typhoons ever. Underneath the overwhelming numbers, 14 million affected, 4 million displaced, and 10,000+ feared dead, are families. Families were suffering and in need of help.
In response, One Day’s Wages launched the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to provide immediate relief. We came alongside trusted and experienced partners on the ground. We issued grants to our long-standing partner, World Concern, as well as Medical Teams International. We began by addressing the urgent needs of clean water, food, shelter, and medical supplies. We know that it is crucial to address these basic needs quickly and properly before they spread into larger and more complicated problems. Beyond the initial aid, we were committed to the long-term development of the region and stood with the families and our partners on the ground, as they rebuilt their communities.
As it did for thousands of families in central Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan descended with a fury into the world of eleven-year- old Rizza. Rizza lived in Leyte with her mother, father, and seven sisters and brothers. Just the day before Haiyan hit land, Rizza’s mother gave birth to another child so Rizza went to stay with her aunt and uncle. While there the typhoon spent its fury on the islands of the Philippines causing the house where Rizza was staying to collapse, trapping her under debris for hours. She was rescued, but not before the storm badly fractured her leg and claimed the life of her father. MTI volunteer paramedics, Ian Yokum and Robert Petracca found Rizza. Using contacts they had developed while treating victims of the storm, Ian and Robert were able to secure private helicopter transport to Cebu, arrange an orthopedic surgeon to treat Rizza for free and then personally monitored Rizza’s condition as she was transported to safety. After exchanging information with the medical staff, Ian and Robert went to Rizza’s bedside reassuring her that she was now in good hands. “She didn’t say anything, she didn’t have to, the worried look went away and was replaced with a look of relief.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement. Special thanks to [insert name if available].
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