Help Restore Livelihoods Haiyan Appeal

£5,573 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 62 months
VSO Bahaginan Volunteers  6042
We believe that the most powerful way to help those in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is to give the families the tools to make a living wage and lift themselves and their communities out of despair and destruction.

"...Not just giving fish to feed people for one day, but giving them the means to feed themselves for a lifetime."

Direct help for the hard-to-reach, hardest hit areas of the Philippines
Many lost their lives and many more lost their homes & livelihoods --- an estimated 5.5 million people affected, almost the size of Singapore's workforce! Whilst most of the media attention and relief aid is focused on provincial capitals such as Tacloban, we would like to funnel support DIRECTLY to the remotest islands where international aid has been extremely limited.

Thousands of families in the coastal municipalities of San Remegios, Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe in Cebu rely on fishing for survival. But after typhoon Haiyan wiped out entire communities, their hope for survival was destroyed together with their fishing boats. (see map below)

How your money will help
Your donation is not merely a hand-out but a start-up funding to restore their livelihood, pride and lives. Here's how your money may be spent:

£10 would provide a family with "“ nets
£25 would provide a family with "“ hooks and fishing line
£50 would provide a family with"“ fishing rods
£100 would provide a family with"“ refurbish a damaged boat
£250 would provide a family with"“a "BANCA" (boat in Filipino) and all the equipment they need to make a living. We hope to provide 330 boats for 330 families in target municipalities. #giveabancatoday

100% of your donation will go directly to the those communities affected. The materials will be locally sourced, therefore help can reach people fast, its environmentally friendly and it supports the local economy.

Who you will be helping
We want to help families who are struggling to bounce back so they include those who have family members / children with disabilities.

We will get updates from the families who will share with donors how the money is helping.

Safeguarding their future
The supported families are then able to in turn help their local communities to rebuild by contributing to the CALAMITY FUND helping the local people move forward with dignity and support one another into the future.

Supporting a local charity
We will be supporting the work of VSO Bahaginan, an independent charity based in the Philippines committed to fight poverty and disadvantage through a wide range of volunteering development programs.

VSO Bahaginan have worked in the affected areas before the storm and able to navigate the local context through their long-standing partnerships with the local communities and authorities. They are able to articulate needs and respond faster and with greater transparency and effectiveness. See their work here.

Stories and photos:

Filipinos clear up the debris of what is left of their homes after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through in Bantayan Island, Cebu province.

News reports say roads in the localities are either damaged, flooded, or blocked by debris, making it impossible for vehicles to pass through and bring much-needed relief goods to typhoon victims.

Donations for this project will be directed towards areas #1, #2, #3 and #15. Yolanda is the local name for Haiyan.

The local campaign in the Philippines - fundraising for 330 boats to help 330 families! The word 'banca' is the Filipino/Spanish word for small wooden boat locals using for fishing.


In the UK, as part of the #UKsupportPH campaign, a group of individual fundraisers, many from within the Fili community, have taken it upon themselves to set up grassroots fundraising events, campaigns and drives to support Haiyan victims. Check out our Community Calendar to see what we are up and how your can help/promote/collaborate.

A super supper! Taking over a swanky restaurant in Bloomsbury, London to serve Filipino favourites and fusions, all to fundraise for fishing boats!

Other ways you can help:
Join our fundraising volunteer team and help make a personal appeal to your friends, work colleagues, families via social media or offline to support this campaign. Every £1 counts!

Some ideas may be doing bake sales, doing a sponsored stunt (shave your hair!) or run, or even your own supper club! (scroll above for upcoming events in the UK as part of #UKsupportPH)

For queries about the project or how else you can get involved, contact volunteer Sam (London) - /07951922574 or VSO Bahaginan Volunteering Development Adviser for Southeast Asia, Pacific and China - Jay Ancheta (Manila) -

Volunteer UK/EU/US fundraisers team:
Sam Jennings (London/Manila)
Mae Williams (London/Cebu) via Pepe's Kitchen
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Pop-up Dinner team (Mike, Mark, Mae, James, Maryann,Fed, Mapet, Omar, Nigel)
Ivan Madeira (London)
Lala Avanetajado (Frankfurt)
Jella Igoy (Phoenix)
Hazel Ducay (London)
Francesca Palumbo (London)
PCF Supporters & Volunteers
Dawn Newton (London)
Rina Atienza (London)
Janette Robertson (London)
Ava Batay-an (London)
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Update 5
Posted by VSO Bahaginan Volunteers
59 months ago
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, VSO Bahaginan started the Give-A-Banca Project to support the rehabilitation of livelihoods for those affected by the typhoon in our program areas. To date, we have raised enough support from individual donors to supply 75 bancas to Persons With Disability (PWD) and their families in four towns in Northern Cebu (San Remigio, Bantayan, Santa Fe and Madredejos). A thorough validation process was conducted with the help of Local Government Unit and PWD organizations in order to ensure the eligibility of the beneficiaries. On their part, the beneficiaries will plant mangrove seedlings towards creating a sustainable coastal ecosystem. Awarding of boats will begin in March and run until April. Watch this space for names of those who will receive boats. Maraming salamat! ~VSO Bahaginan
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Update 4
Posted by VSO Bahaginan Volunteers
61 months ago
The work has started! Local boat makers has started to build these fishing boats. The project is being managed by VSO Bahaginan to ensure that the boats get to the families who need it the most and that the money is spent wisely and will be used to support local economy too!
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Update 3
Posted by VSO Bahaginan Volunteers
61 months ago
Looking for Secret Santa gift idea? These fab limited edition tees (we only have 6 medium size left!) are perfect to make your friends happy whilst helping others too! Recommended donation for each tshirt is £15 (free postage within UK). All proceeds will go towards #giveabanca project! Contact for more info.
Hope, Strength & Love 4 Philippines
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Update 2
Posted by VSO Bahaginan Volunteers
61 months ago
Amazing people! Thank you for showing your love & support for the typhoon survivors in the Philippines.

A couple of weeks ago, we have sent the first wave of donations from here and will be wiring a second batch within the next 10-20 hrs. With your help, those people will receive an early Christmas present -- hope, love and the means to restart their lives. Thank you.

Please do keep on sharing this site to others and let us know if you have other fundraising or awareness raising campaigns you would like to do!
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£5,573 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 62 months
Created November 23, 2013
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Cat Lewis
59 months ago

Love from Cat and BDO London xx

Joe McMartin
59 months ago

30 staff from VSO London joined together at Christmas to contribute to the Banca fund in solidarity with our wonderful colleagues in Bahaginan and the communities they are working so hard to support.

59 months ago
Anne MacDonald
60 months ago
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Kim Emmett-Ropero
61 months ago

Thank you to everyone who sponsored my Christmas day swim in the icy waters of North Norfolk!

Ebuzzing Ltd
61 months ago (Offline Donation)

This year for our Christmas Jumper Day in the UK, we all put some money together to try and help relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It is great to know the money is going directly to help the people affected!

Amy Valentine
61 months ago
Zsuzsanna Ujhelyi
61 months ago

This year I'm spending less on Christmas presents for friends, and instead I'm donating a small amount - I hope this will help make a difference.

Lawrence Newcombe
61 months ago

A huge thank you to everyone involved for the efforts and inspiration to make this happen

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