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DFS Saipan Typhoon Yutu Recovery

$414,117 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 292 people in 8 months
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Created October 25, 2018
JT
Jun Wei Tan
on behalf of Maria Gerarda Pensader
UPDATE: This campaign will be closed on Dec 31, 2018, 11:59pm local time (GMT +10).
Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared, and contributed in one way or another.
 

This campaign is open to employees, friends, and families of DFS. 

On October 24, 2018, Saipan suffered a devastating hit from Super Typhoon Yutu, the “strongest storm of 2018”. The typhoon strengthened into a Category 5 typhoon with sustained wind speeds of 180 mph before hitting the Northern Mariana Islands, destroying homes and cutting power and water to thousands of residents. Saipan suffered severe damage, as did many of our people’s homes. Some of our staff have lost their homes completely. Currently the island is without power and water and is experiencing a fuel shortage, which means even the use of power generators is limited. 

Due to the widespread island damage, the recovery will be a daunting financial burden. Some staff have lost their homes completely while others are faced with the ensuing economic challenges after this kind of disaster.

To assist with the recovery, we established this GoFundMe campaign. Donations to this campaign will go to DFS TEAM 670 CLUB, a non-profit organization registered in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The donated funds will be managed by DFS Saipan senior management and will be used to assist our Saipan colleagues in rebuilding their lives. 

Read more: 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/24/extreme-category-typhoon-yutu-makes-devastating-landfall-northern-mariana-islands-us-commonwealth/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.818a6cae8014 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/25/super-typhoon-yutu-leaves-1-dead-crisis-looms-saipan-and-tinian/1771400002/
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Photos of employee CSR events:
Mount Carmel School clean up
Lagoon/Beach clean up
Tipiyeew Village clean up
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More photos of relief distribution to staff....
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Recovery continues in Saipan. There are several hundred military and reservists actively helping in getting the island back in shape. These assistances range from turning ocean water into drinking water by using military grade RO system, clearing debris in all villages, rebuilding, relief supplies distribution, erecting tents, etc. Saipan has nine power feeders, five of which are wholly or partially on line. Feeders 1,2,3,4 and 7 are partially providing electricity while feeders 5,6,8 and 9 are either being repaired or still being assessed. Water production is now at 70% with the majority of the wells being powered by generators.

Southern Saipan was severely damaged during Super typhoon YUTU and while recovery progresses on a daily basis, businesses and residents are months away from normalcy in this part of Saipan. Three hotels are shut down while undergoing major reconstruction. The Saipan International Airport (SIA) , located in this area, was reopened to tourists on 11/15 during daytime hours only. Prior to this, daily commercial flights were limited to relief personnel from various agencies and returning residents. The SIA will open 24/7 and evening flights will resume on 11/22.

Our employees are very grateful for the amount of support being given by so many of our DFS friends and families internationally. Those who were displaced have ‘settled’, if we can call it that, into an almost normal routine. Roofs, windows, and many personal belongings still need to be replaced and many are still without water or power, but everyone is grateful no one was hurt.

A huge part of the recovery process is in assisting the community. Our employees have done several CSR events in the last several weeks. We were the first ones to do a lagoon cleanup, which netted about two hundred pieces of roofing tin in an area of less than a half a mile. Additionally, we have helped Mr. Carmel School in its cleanup prior to re-opening, done a second ocean cleanup, as well as Tipiyeew Village, which we adopted in our 2014 Rebranding Campaign.
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Thank you for your well wishes and generosity towards our recovery efforts. While many homes and personal property were devastated by the typhoon, I am happy to share that 100% of our staff are safe and accounted for. Please continue supporting and spreading the word!
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Raised by 292 people in 8 months
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Created October 25, 2018
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Jun Wei Tan
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