The Disaster Support Network for the Philippines (DSNP) will on a mission trip hosted by the Leyte Center for Development and the Citizens' Disaster Response Center from August 10-16, 2016.
DSNP began its work as part of the National Taskforce Haiyan initiative lead by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). We worked with organizations, local businesses, and community members in the South San Francisco Bay Area to fundraise for relief and rehabilitation efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims.
After 3 years of fundraising, our membership decided to formalize a relationship with Leyte Center for Development as a sponsor of their Disaster Risk Reduction through Preparedness and Emergency Response Project. This project benefits 715 peasant families in 7 communities in the Municipalities of Basey, Samar and Palapag, Northern Samar in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be go to benefit their Emergency Response Program and help supply prepositioned relief goods for the upcoming typhoon season. We want to raise approximately $117,800 Philippine pesos or $2,500 US dollars. This would cover about 1/4 of relief packs needed. The participants of this mission are self-sponsoring their travel. Any and all donations will go to the Leyte Center for Development.
Our mission is to directly support communities in the Philippines disproportionately impacted by disasters by fundraising and advocating for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation guided by the principals of environmental justice.
- Learn in-person about the conditions of the communities we hope to support.
- Partner with organizations in the Philippines that focus on disaster support and environmental justice on projects which help facilitate long-term impact on disaster resiliency.
- Establish lasting relationships with these organizations and community members to guide our organization’s work.
- Use our experience to educate others on how they can participate in people-to-people support for disaster stricken communities in the Philippines.
Participants: Jacklyn Joanino
My name is Julian Jaravata and I have been a proud member of DSNP ever since its start as South Bay Taskforce Haiyan in November 2013. I currently work for Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). Although I was born in San Diego and now live in San Jose, I consider myself a Pacific Northwest Filipino having grown up in Washington. I came back to California to attend Stanford University, but feel that I received the most powerful education in grassroots community spaces, where I learned about the Filipino people's history of community organizing here in the United States and back home in the Philippines. It is actually this link between our community work here and in the Philippines that excites me most about our upcoming mission. I firmly believe that our work is only effective if we directly support communities impacted by disasters as they build themselves up and assert their own self-determination in the face of government neglect and climate change. Through this mission, I am excited to strengthen relationships with grassroots community leaders and take back lessons for building up our own local community's capacity to support them and their efforts.
I'm 2nd generation pinay based out of San Jose, CA. I currently work as a policy aide and have a strong interest in cycles of poverty. I've been helping fundraise for typhoon relief in the Philippines since typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines 3 years ago. Having family in the Philippines who are disproportionally burdened by climate change while living in the USA, the country with the 2nd largest carbon footprint in the world built my awareness of environmental justice. I want to help DSNP become a long term partner in recovery and rebuilding efforts in rural communities that can be neglected by government and other large charitable organizations. On this trip I hope to meet people and organizations on the ground in areas that are currently rebuilding and preparing for the next typhoon season. I'd like to learn from them hands-on so I can later educate others on climate change and how communities in the Philippines are uniquely impacted through sea level rise and increasingly extreme weather. I plan to take back this experience and advocate for healthy and sustainable communities for all. Jessica Amores
My name is Jessica Amores. I graduated from Lincoln High School and now attend San Jose City College. I currently work for San Jose Public Library. I love to read and have a passion for the performing arts. My Mom asked me to be productive this summer so I have been busy doing all sorts of things. I volunteer quite a bit. My mom introduced me to is the Disaster Support Network for the Philippines and she's been involved with this group for quite sometime now. When she told me about the mission and that she could not go because of work, I agreed to go because it would be a great opportunity for me to learn about our country and experience being in a place where you could make a difference in people's lives. I am looking forward to this trip and I know even with such a short period and spare change, I'll be able to reach out to our kababayans and have a place in their heart.
For more information please visit:
Disaster Support Network for the Philippines
Leyte Center for Development