When disasters strike, lives are immediately put in jeopardy. Families lose their homes, their source of livelihood, and even their supply of food and water. Children are unable to go to school and their education is interrupted almost indefinitely.
In the wake of a disaster, families can find themselves teetering on the edge of poverty, with rehabilitation and recovery still months, if not years, away.
In the Philippines, larger disasters get resources as a result of attention from national and international media, while smaller disasters impacting hard-to-reach rural communities often are invisible to the larger public, keeping organizations from channeling resources to affected communities at the soonest time possible.
For this reason, we established the Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response (SAFER) to ensure that we can direct resources to lesser-known emergencies which impact tens, if not hundreds of families who need it most.
“In the past decade, disasters have become more overwhelmingly destructive for communities, and we have found ourselves in the position of having to act as first responders,” shared SAFER Executive Committee member Roselle Rasay. “Disaster response and humanitarian action has historically been led by international organizations. What we want to do with SAFER is to make sure that local organizations, in consultation with communities, lead humanitarian response in the wake of a disaster.”
With the typhoon season already underway, we need to raise funds quickly to support ongoing and future needs. You can help us by contributing to our Quick Response Fund, which we will use to respond to disasters affecting anywhere from 20 to 100 families.
Your support will help us address the immediate needs of those affected by natural disasters, public health emergencies, technological or industrial disasters, and conflict.
- For Php350, you can provide one food kit (rice, cooking oil, dried fish, canned tuna/corned beef, and coffee) or one hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel, diaper, shampoo, sanitary pads, alcohol, and nail clipper) for a family of five for two (2) days.
- For Php500, you can provide one food kit or one hygiene kit for one family for a week.
- For Php1,000, you can provide one food kit or one hygiene kit for one family for two (2) weeks.
- For Php1,600, you can provide one essential kit (kitchenware, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito net, pail, dipper, and flashlight) for one family for one month.
- For Php5,000, you can provide a temporary shelter kit for one family, composed of CGI sheets, umbrella nail, timber, marine plywood, and nails.
- For Php20,000, you can provide a shelter repair kit for one family, which consists of nails, hammer, handsaw, measuring tape, and tie wire.
With your support, we can help them rebuild quickly and enjoy a decent quality of life post-disaster.
You can also donate directly to our bank account.
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Branch: Loyola Heights, Katipunan Avenue
Account Name: Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response, Inc.
Account Number: 3081-1194-21
For confirmation of your donation, kindly send your deposit slip to [email protected].
Photos from NASSA/Caritas Philippines