Typhoon Haiyan Relief

$3,780raised of $10,000 goal
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Organizer: Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser Beneficiary: People of the Philippines

We are two Canadian Citizens from Regina Saskatchewan who are travelling to the Philippines to provide relief for the people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Please help us get supplies to the people.

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Our names are Jacklyn and Nathan.  We are from Regina, Saskatchewan and will be travelling to the Philippines November 13, 2013. Originally we had planned to visit the Philippines as a vacation. 

We now want to put our energy towards helping these people who are suffering so immensely.

Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the people of the Philippines.  There are thousands dead and many missing. 

We will be doing anything we can to help the people of the Philippines.  The death toll keeps rising and people need shelter, food, water, and clothing.

Any money that is raised on this website will be going directly to the people of the Philippines.  We want to show everyone how much they can help the people of the Philippines.  Your donations will be used towards water purification systems, food, tents, clothes, and medical supplies.

We have been working with the Red Cross in the Philippines and are posted to the island of Coron.

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12/09/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser

First, thank you so much for all the donations.  Each and every donation has helped to make a difference for the people of the Philippines.

Our last relief drop was a huge success.  With the last of the donations we received we were able to purchase hammers, nails, epoxy, saws, nylon rope, ¾ inch rope, buckets, and copper nails.  We were able to provide 61 families from Cheey with this hardware to fix boats and roofs.

Fifteen families in particular were devastated with the loss of their houses, sari sari stores, and boats.  This means that they have not only lost their homes but also their livelihoods.  For these families we spent extra money in procuring coconut lumber.  In order to cut coconut lumber one must have a permit to cut coconut lumber and a permit to have a chainsaw.  We were able to pay a man to make the lumber.  We hauled six loads of lumber from him and we distributed the lumber to the families whose houses were totally destroyed.  In particular, with the help of some volunteer carpenters we were able to build three houses in one day.

One house was for a man who lost his store and home.  His name is Jeric Petrito and he has one deformed hand which made it impossible to him to recover his loss without help.  Another was for a man named Joey de Jesus who lost both his boat and home.  He could not find work to recover and now has a home and supplies to fix his boat.

The last house was for a woman named Mary Jane.  Her story was very sad.  She is a single mother of four.  She lives up in the mountains with her three boys under a tarp while her daughter attends school in Coron.  She is a single mother as her husband was imprisoned for raping the eldest daughter.  She now has a house for her three boys.  We were able to give her sons rides back and forth from the spring where he fills up old pop bottles.

You can see with the smiles the difference all of You, our supporters, have made in these people’s lives.  Thank you once again for all of your contributions.  Although we will be leaving soon we are going to KEEP THE FUNDRAISER GOING!

We have made amazing contacts in the country and with enough support, we will return to continue the relief work.  There are many more islands with more sad stories and sad eyes who have no support.  We want to change that.  Help us do this by passing our site along.  Share it through facebook, twitter, word of mouth, etc.

Check back soon!

Jackie and Nathan


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12/03/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
Hello everyone!!! Thanks for all your support! I have been working daily with the red cross here. We have braved some pretty rough seas to bring an island community much needed water, rice and canned meat. We had a boat just days ago sink with all our supplies and volunteers aboard!!!!! Our "day off" back from the field consisted of move hundreds of bags of rice and relief goods from the port to our compound. Hard work in the sun but you can always see a Filipino smile! Jackie and I have been formulating our own plan and its time to really kick things up a notch for our last week here. We have joined forces with Greg, a resident Australian. He runs a tour company off the beaten path. His business and home have taken quite the beating but, through all of this, he has been looking for others to come help him support the resilient locals in his area that have been devastated by this disaster. Their house are gone and their boats destroyed. This means they have no way of helping themselves recover or support their family in the meantime. In this district of Cheey, because it is so remote and small, it is often overlooked for relief aid. We have decided to load up two trucks with hammers and nails, saws, expoy and plywood, tarp and seeds to help this struggling area get out of the rain and back on their feet. Please spread the word about our website and help us find some donations. Do you want your money to go to the people and REALLY make a difference? This is exactly WHEN and where it counts. NOW IS THE TIME! We are buying supplies this week. $2 dollars buys us enough nails to fix a broken home. $4 dollars buys the hammer to drive the nails or a a saw for the bamboo. $20 dollars buys enough tarp to patch a roof. $14 dollars buys epoxy to patch a broken boat. ITS REALLY EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! These people are resilient and with a little hand up, them and their families will make it through this devastating time. Thanks again to the amazing support from some special people. .....who can be seen as a supporter on our website below. You have made a world of difference.
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12/03/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
Hello everyone!!! Thanks for all your support! I have been working daily with the red cross here. We have braved some pretty rough seas to bring an island community much needed water, rice and canned meat. We had a boat just days ago sink with all our supplies and volunteers aboard!!!!! Our "day off" back from the field consisted of move hundreds of bags of rice and relief goods from the port to our compound. Hard work in the sun but you can always see a Filipino smile! Jackie and I have been formulating our own plan and its time to really kick things up a notch for our last week here. We have joined forces with Greg, a resident Australian. He runs a tour company off the beaten path. His business and home have taken quite the beating but, through all of this, he has been looking for others to come help him support the resilient locals in his area that have been devastated by this disaster. Their house are gone and their boats destroyed. This means they have no way of helping themselves recover or support their family in the meantime. In this district of Cheey, because it is so remote and small, it is often overlooked for relief aid. We have decided to load up two trucks with hammers and nails, saws, expoy and plywood, tarp and seeds to help this struggling area get out of the rain and back on their feet. Please spread the word about our website and help us find some donations. Do you want your money to go to the people and REALLY make a difference? This is exactly WHEN and where it counts. NOW IS THE TIME! We are buying supplies this week. $2 dollars buys us enough nails to fix a broken home. $4 dollars buys the hammer to drive the nails or a a saw for the bamboo. $20 dollars buys enough tarp to patch a roof. $14 dollars buys epoxy to patch a broken boat. ITS REALLY EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! These people are resilient and with a little hand up, them and their families will make it through this devastating time. Thanks again to the amazing support from some special people. .....who can be seen as a supporter on our website below. You have made a world of difference.
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11/30/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
We just realized how long its been since  our last update

Since our last update, we took a fastball last minute trip out to cabago, an isolated island community. The sea was very rough and the boats we barely up to the task of crossing a big stretch of open sea. We arrived late with sacks of rice and some canned fish. It was a late night of interviewing the locals, house hold by household, assessing their needs and handing out the goods. Working by candle light, we finished up late only to hear that others far in the bush would meet us in the morning. So off to bed..... since no one really has a bed, we slept on a concrete floor and our bags of relief so they wouldn't go "missing" through the night. A storm blew in and the battered roof was banging all night. Between, the roof, the bugs, and the wild animals, it was a sleepless night. Hot, sweaty, and tired, we braved the rough seas home. I was surprised to see how white Jackie' s knuckles swelled through her dark tan! We are having such an amazing experience and meeting so many people. We are now taking a couple days off to help out around town and meet with others like us. We are in the midst of planning our OWN operation and trying to gain your support and other like us here. Some of the hard it islands have had the houses and boats destroyed. Not only do these people have no shelter or place to eat and sleep, they have no means to fish or come to the mainland for supplys. We hope to bring food, cloths, epoxy, nails, hammers, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats to these people. It will not be easy, but we have made amazing friends that can help us find a sturdy boat but this all takes money and support. Please help us make our plan come to life for the sake of these families.   Once again thank you so much and keep passing our link for this fundraiser on!
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11/24/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
Thank you so much for the donations thus far! The money truly goes along way. Today we were up again at 3am to be able to go to malawig, a place only accessible by boat. We met up with two veteranarian doctors and some of the residents of coron to bring in relief supplies on the few boats that still float.. Hammers, nails, tarps, clothes, and rice were brought to the people. With the materials and man power we were able to provide relief goods to the women of the village and with the help of some of the village men and ourselves we started rebuilding roofs. The typhoon destroyed the community centre but with your donation so far they now have a new tin roof! Its amazing to see what work can be done when you cut out the politics and the midldle men and  literally pick up a hammer yourself!      Once again thank you so much and keep passing our link for this fundraiser on! 
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11/22/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
Thank you so much for the donations thus far! The money truly goes along way. Today we were up again at 3am to be able to go to malawig, a place only accessible by boat. We met up with two veteranarian doctors and some of the residents of coron to bring in relief supplies on the few boats that still float.. Hammers, nails, tarps, clothes, and rice were brought to the people. With the materials and man power we were able to provide relief goods to the women of the village and with the help of some of the village men and ourselves we started rebuilding roofs. The typhoon destroyed the community centre but with your donation so far they now have a new tin roof! Its amazing to see what work can be done when you cut out the politics and the midldle men and  literally pick up a hammer yourself!      Once again thank you so much and keep passing our link for this fundraiser on! 
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11/21/2013
by Nathan Betz, Jacklyn Kaiser
So we have hit the ground running and have already spent a night sleeping on the ground amongst a devestated village. Please support the people of the Philippines in there time of need. We have started a fund to help the survivors here. Their lives have been destroyed and there is no relief supplies. The places we have fought to get into, have gone a week without food. Their homes and possessions have literally been blown away. As little as $20 is all we need to rebuild a roof, keeping the children from having to sleep in the rain. We need your donation to literally buy the nails and hammers to give back the basic needs to most forgotten communities of the Philippines.  
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