The DRI Foundation is proud to support non-profit organizations in communities impacted by disasters to provide crucial assistance. Here is an update on how donations from our supporters have been deployed to help in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Mangkhut, from Will Frechette at GlobalGiving:
“Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on the Philippine island of Luzon just over six weeks ago, with winds reaching 180 mph, making it the strongest typhoon to strike the Philippines since the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. The storm, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, resulted in hundreds of thousands of residents fleeing their homes for safety and 137 fatalities.
“Our vetted nonprofit partners have been working tirelessly to assist survivors as they begin to recover from Mangkhut’s destruction, with generous support from 313 donors like you who’ve raised more than $80,000 to fund community-led relief and recovery efforts. Here’s how two organizations which your donation has helped support are responding:
- Gawad Kalinga’s Philippine operations team opened evacuation shelters in northern Luzon to house and feed some of the more than 250,000 residents forced to flee their homes by the storm. Their staff is also assisting affected residents with repairs to damaged roofs, farms, and fishing boats.
- Mercy In Action Vineyard’s prenatal clinic provides vital services to families on the island of Luzon—especially so after a disaster like Mangkhut that disrupts the healthcare infrastructure across an entire region. Mangkhut’s powerful winds tore the roof off the clinic and badly damaged the adjoining midwife guest house, so they’re now raising funds to repair these buildings and fully resume delivering their services to their community.
“Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of recovery efforts—you’ll see another update in your inbox in the coming months. And thank you for making the smart decision to donate cash after a natural disaster like Typhoon Mangkhut. Giving cash rather than physical goods allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and helps support, rather than disrupt, local economies.
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team”