Help our friends in the Philippines!

 
Raised: $7,920.00
Goal: $8,500.00
 
 
 

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Kim Copeland Miller

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We are an American family currently living on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. We survived Typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan) but many of our friends were less fortunate and they need help... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Kim Copeland Miller 4 months ago

Just a quick update for all you that have generously donated - We just got back from another trip to Bantayan. Building has finally gotten underway on one house. We had a few days where no building was taking place while waiting for supplies to replenish. I am hopeful that the other house will start building this week. This is the house that I prayed we would receive enough funds to help build and YES!! We made it. The houses are costing a little more than we had originally planned, due to cost of materials being higher than we anticipated and price gouging. It is still unbelievable to me that we can build a home for $2,0000, which to many of us is almost like your mortgage payment. I will post pictures on facebook of the current pictures and more to come. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for all your support. Merry Christmas!

 
 
 

Updated posted by Kim Copeland Miller 4 months ago

I just have to share some things that have been on my mind and heavy on my heart. While we were in Bantayan this past weekend we were able to meet up with another friend who we hadn't talked to yet. His family has lost their home. They have pieced together a temporary shelter for his parents and he is staying at the resort he works at where the roof is still missing. We have helped one family rebuild a new roof with typhoon strong materials. We have helped rebuild two bamboo homes and construction on another will be starting soon. We also have a cement home starting construction as well. We want to be able to help his family, but funds are going fast. They have priced gouged the building materials. A home that would normally cost $1,500 is costing us $2,500. The roofing materials were double and the bamboo homes were costing around $800. I prayed and meditated for the four hours we were in the car driving home. I prayed that if I was supposed to help this family that it would all come together even if I had to buy the house myself! When I got home, we had a new donation which brought us to $6,000!! WOW!! but still not enough to build another cement home. As of today we have received three more donations. It is overwhelming the support we have received. I have decided to move the goal to $7,000 and I am already $530 away from that goal! I am planning on heading to his families home Thursday to take pictures and I am hoping that I will be able to surprise him with good news - he won't see it coming!! Another note to share, all donations have gone straight to the housing materials. Dave and I decided that we would donate all the money that has been spent on food and water. Again thank you to all that have supported us in this effort. The families are still finding it hard to believe that so many people want to help them! I am privileged to be able to see their smiles and the pure joy they feel when they have one less thing to worry about and one step closer to being normal again!

 
 
 

Updated posted by Kim Copeland Miller 4 months ago

We have just returned from Bantayan. We bought supplies for Alfie's roof. Grace's parents house is also being rebuilt with the funds all of you generously donated. Update of Jonas; he was able to find land to rebuild!! YEAH!! Luckily, his wife had some relatives that were willing to give them enough land. The land will be cleared this week and we are hoping to be able to get construction started by the end of the week. We also took three large suitcases of rice and canned goods to hand out to Alfie's neighbors. While we were packing the rice bags we had about 50 children surround us looking for food. It broke our hearts that we didn't have enough food for all. As a family, we have decided to forgo any Thanksgiving celebration this Thursday and take another trip to Bantayan with 100 bags of rice to hand out along with some treats for the children. We have so much to be thankful for this year while so many others are trying to piece together their homes and find food each day. Please keep the Philippines in your prayers as so many people this week still have no homes or enough to eat.

 
 
 
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Created by Kim Copeland Miller on November 12, 2013

We are an American family currently living on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. We survived Typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan) but many of our friends were less fortunate and they need help NOW.
Here are just some of the people we'd like to help – local Filipinos who have become extended members of our own family.

-Jonas & Rikki– Jonas worked at a local resort but lost his job when the resort was washed away by the storm surge. He also lost his home and his family is currently living under a makeshift tarp made of rice sacks. His wife, Rikki, is six months pregnant and they also have a three year-old daughter. With no income, he has no hope of rebuilding.

- Grace, who we employ as a domestic helper, her parents live on the tiny island of Hilintuguan and lost their home. They managed to make it to the main land (Bantayan island) and are living in a tent on the beach

- Alfie and Gracie work at another resort that was also hit by the typhoon. They have two children ( five and one) They are living on the beach with their children under tarps. However, there is no clean water, relief supplies are woefully inadequate, and the kids have fallen ill.and their home was badly damaged and in desperate need of repairs.

These are just a handful of the people we are desperate to help. Please consider donating – and be assured that every single dollar we receive will go directly to families here in the Philippines. Relief efforts continue but people need help NOW. Our family has volunteered our time and we will continue to do so, but what we need most right now is to put funds directly into the hands of these people so they can start the rebuilding process.
Every single dollar helps! Even if you can only donate $1...it is $1 more than what they had before. Most of these families live on less than $5 a day. With the cost of a (modest) new home priced at $1500, it will take years for these people to get back on their feet. Think of the difference you can make!
Please, please consider donating. The people of the Philippines – the people we have come to know and love – will thank you.
 
 
 
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You are doing a great job Kim and Dave. We are so proud of all of you. Interesting how god works in our lives. Keep up the good work. Little did you know you would be doing mission work there. God is good all of the time!!

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Recent Donations (113)

$7,920 raised by 113 people in 5 months.

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Ida and Jim Wine

3 months ago

 
 

What a great thing you are doing. Blessings to you, David, and the kids. Merry Christmas!

 

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Stacy Bagwell

4 months ago

 
 

Sweet, Kim! What a wonderful blessing to have you there.

 

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Hebrink Family

4 months ago

 
 

Keep up the good work!

 

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Michelle Novak

4 months ago

 
 

Thanks for all your doing. This donation is in honor of my grandma and in memory of my grandpa.

 

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Anonymous

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Becky and Tom Miller

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Bette Hardersen

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Eric and Amy Wagner

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God Bless you Kim!

 

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Lise & Søren Frikke

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I hope this can help.

 

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