In the early morning of October 25th, 2018, the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian were devastated by Category 5 Super Typhoon.
Scholars preparing to apply for college have instead lost everything, saving lives by sheltering in bathrooms. Elders, who rely on electricity or refrigeration for medical needs, are at risk and will be so for weeks to come. Our power systems have been badly damaged, our hotels and tourist attractions are damaged, and we have many injured and traumatized. The economy of the CNMI, having recently recovered and grown, will face serious setbacks and our already needy people will suffer now with heat, hunger, and illness.
While much assistance is needed, the Marianas Young Professionals, through our disaster relief arm United 4 Saipan, will focus on individual assistance and assist with case management.
We will prioritize water distribution and immediate needs. Next we will focus on relocation support for those displaced or damaged. Finally we will coordinate volunteer cleanup efforts and rebuilding. We ask for donations which will be used for to buoy up the people of the CNMI. U4S has done this before, 3 years ago, after Typhoon Soudelor. We are able, smart, and ready to help. We are a CNMI non-profit organization in existence for 3 years. Our Executive Director is G van Gils, the 2017 CNMI Teacher of the Year. MYPros.org can provide information about our organization. 100% of net contributions will be allocated for recovery after Typhoon Yutu. We ask for an initial fundraising goal of $10,000 to help cover immediate life threatening assistance needs, but that number may grow as we anticipate many homeless and hungry people that will need help.
Our people are strong, resilient, and we will come through this. Thank you for your support.
Si, G van Gils
Executive Director, MYPros.org Exec.G@MYPros.org
In connection with this campaign, the Direct Impact Fund has been designated as an agent for receipt of contributions to us, the Marianas Young Professionals. As of April 11, 2019, the Direct Impact Fund operates as GoFundMe.org.