THREE months have passed since the Philippines was hit by torrential rains, violent winds, floods and storm surges due to Typhoon Odette (international name Rai). Overnight, the Typhoon displaced thousands of families, resulting in billions worth of damages as the country is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Since then, World Vision ambassadors continue to show their support for typhoon-affected communities through heartfelt activities to help raise funds for World Vision’s relief efforts.
Ogie Alcasid held a fundraising concert entitled Online Caroling for a Cause; Quest held the Bagong Yugto fundraising concert through Facebook Live in partnership with When In Manila; Christine and Julius Babao organized ArtReach 2021, a fundraising auction held by their Art PH advocacy in partnership with Art Rocks; and other World Vision ambassadors such as Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Joyce Pring, Juancho Trivino, and Marc Nelson provided donations to the relief efforts.
With support from ambassadors and corporate partners, World Vision was able to assist nearly 11,000 families from typhoon-affected areas such as Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental and Surigao del Norte from December 2021 to February 2022. As of March 2022, the organization is shifting to the early recovery phase of its Typhoon Odette Response Plan. With 1,400 families and counting assisted in Dinagat Island, World Vision is expanding its efforts to assist communities from Southern Leyte and Siargao with support from ADH, HK SAR, and UNFPA.
“I love supporting World Vision because the moment the typhoon hit, the moment it caused the catastrophe, World Vision went there right away. Now is the best time to be selfless. It takes only a little amount to support the future through World Vision,” shared World Vision Ambassador Quest during his online fundraising concert.
Other corporate and church partners who supported World Vision’s Odette response include American Wire and Cable Co., Analog Devices Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Beepo, Inc., Ben Line Agencies, BSI Group Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Coca-Cola Foundation, Department of Energy-Employees Association, Deped Tudela, Emerson Electric, Emerson Electric (Asia) Limited – ROHQ, Entrepreneurs’ Organization Member Services Centre, Favor Church, GCash, GrabPay, Hans Paper Corporation, HC Consumer Philippines, Investagrams, Isla LPG, JCCM, Lamudi Philippines Inc., Lazada Philippines, Lyf Homes Development Corp., Market Innovation Internationale Inc., Metrobank Card, Microsourcing Philippines Inc., Northern Trust, Novateur Coffee Concepts Inc., PayMaya Philippines, Inc., Procter & Gamble, PUBG Mobile Philippines, RCBC Bankard, Rogan Builders and Development Corp., SFUC Group, Shopee Philippines Inc., Top Data, Victory Fort, Willis Towers Watson, Word for the World Mandaluyong, and Xiaomi Philippines.
“Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines is committed to helping underserved Filipinos especially in times of crisis. In collaboration with World Vision, we were able to reach families in Cebu affected by Typhoon Odette. We are grateful for this partnership through which we are able to help communities cope after natural disasters,” said Cecile Alcantara, Coca-Cola Foundation President.
“We at World Vision are thankful to our corporate partners, to our celebrity ambassadors and to everyone who supported children and families affected by Typhoon Odette. With your help, we were able to assist a total of 47,302 individuals including 16,875 children in various communities. Your prayers, kindness and generosity encourage us to continue helping others rebuild communities and provide a safer place for children to thrive,” said World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte
For more information and how you can support World Vision’s Emergency Response, please visit www.worldvision.org.ph