Help to recover homes after Super Typhoon in The Philippines

For: The people of San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte
Organizer: The Olahay Family
€473
of €5,000 goal.
Raised by 14 donors
9% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit The Philippines and is likely the most powerful storm to ever make landfall. Many homes have been destroyed and big parts of the country is flooded. We still don't know how much disaster this storm has caused, but we know it is very extensive. Yolanda/Haiyan first landed near the cities of Dulag and Tacloban, flooding coastal communities (such as Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, San Jose and many more) with a surge of water and delivering 195-mph winds with gusts reaching as high as 235 mph. That is higher than the winds of Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, combined. Tsunami like storm surges of about 5 meters high has been reported.

We live in Sweden and my husband is from San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte. Our neighbors there, like so many other people around the country, had to evacuate their homes in order to stay safe. All of them, who survived, are now most likely homeless.

Communication has been cut off and the power is out in this particular area. Seeing reports from many other nearby areas, that was a little bit further away from the center of the second landfall of Yolanda, we fear the worst.
Just now we got a report from a person who made it all the way in to Tanauan on a motor, despite blocked roads, that there are dead people in the plaza and water had reached at least as far up in the town as Licod, about 1500 meters up from the seashore.
On the news we have seen tin roofs flying like pieces of paper in the wind and we fear that the whole barangay of San Roque is flooded, as it is located right on the seaside. Most houses are probably totally demolished.
This is a very poor, overpopulated neighbourhood, where people often live day to day. The average family has at least three kids and no savings at all. Since we know most of them will really struggle to get back on their feet, we strongly feel that we need to help them out as much as possible! Especially the children lie warm in our hearts and we know how much it would mean to all of them to get even the slightest bit of help.

They are most likely given food from the local government shortly. It will not be enough. They also have to recover their homes, by their own, often non-existing, means. We fear that thousands are homeless and without anything at all. We want to help as many as possible to have a roof over their head again by no later than Christmas.

As a an example, a piece of tin roof is about 300 PHP, with 500 € we can buy 100 pieces for the families most in need.
For about 100€ we can build a light material house and give a whole family a home.
For as low as 200 PHP (not even 4€) a family of five will have food for a whole day.
Skip a pizza and you can feed two families for a whole day :)

Anything at all will help them out!

You taking the time to read this means alot and we believe that anything is possible when we do things together. This is a country of very warm hearted people that always will help out whenever they can. Now it is our turn to help them in their time of need.

We will of course post updates on the progress that is made and hopefully be able to post pictures of hundres of smiling children having homes again :)

Thank you so very much!


Some more information about the Super Typhoon;
Be aware of the graphic images, http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/08/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-hancocks/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook
Super Typhoon to leave areas uninhabited: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/11/09/ac-dnt-cooper-typhoon-haiyan-plows-through-philippines.cnn.html


Aftermath of Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): What we know

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/typhoon-yolanda/43350-aftermath-yolanda-what-we-know


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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 23, 2013

Posted on December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas San Roque!

We have been able to send Christmas gifts to be handed out to the children on Christmas Day in a big giveaway in San Roque. This giveaway is managed by one of the barangay counselors, Felicitio Thong Cabe Jr, also known as Jeboi.
We hope to be able to post pictures from the event shortly :)

Since communication is not yet fully restored, it is hard to get in touch with people in the area, but luckily a few of our trusted people are frequent internet users. With the help of them, we have been able to locate five families, all with 5-6 children each, who have stayed in the area since they had nowhere else to go. As soon as it is possible to buy materials in Tanauan again, they will benefit from this fundraiser and get help to recover their homes. Some of them will be relocated to higher ground, since their past homes were too close to the seaside and could be in to much danger during the next typhoon season. They have already been informed about the help they will receive and are very thankful! :)
Everyone who could, have evacuated to await the citys recovery before they return, so just to locate families in need has been much harder than we first expected.
We will extend the fundraiser to go on until we have helped all of them, who needs it, to recover their homes. 
If you want to help us to do so, please share this!
Thank you in advance and Merry Christmas to all of you!

Posted on December 9, 2013

Posted on December 9, 2013

I just came over a video from Tanauan and uploaded it here on the site for everyone to see what damage the typhoon did to our family, friends and neighbors.

About 15.08 in the video Angela Tolibas appears. She is one of my best little friends over there and I am so glad that she made it. Sadly her parents didn't and in the video she tells us about them and the life after the typhoon.

Today, on our request, she is in Manila with our family members there. She is in good hands and will forever be taken care of by The Olahay and Gabriel family.

Not all children were so lucky that they could leave this damaged town. Please help us to help more of them by donating an amount of your own choice. Thank you so very much!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfwCiuZDB5s

Posted on December 2, 2013

Posted on December 2, 2013

Give hope this Christmas!

Don't know what to buy for Christmas? What to give those who already have everything? If you want to make a difference this Christmas, you now have the opportunity to do so by giving the children of Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines, their homes back.

Give a symbolic Christmas gift to someone you care about. Donate an amount of your own free choice from now on and until Christmas Eve and a gift certificate will be delivered to you digitally. 

By participating in our online fundraiser you not only donate money to receover the childrens homes, you also help in the important task of giving them their hope about the future back!

Thank you so very much to all our supporters and Merry Christmas!

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