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MicroSourcing Relief Operations for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

by: Sarah Joson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | Company News |

Typhoon Haiyan - locally known as Yolanda, pummelled through the Philippines last Friday, November 8. Visayas, the region that took the most beating, was left in a world of sorrow, suffering, and is now having a hard time recovering from the disaster.

Thousands of families lost their homes and are in need of medical attention and basic supplies. As of today, reports showed that the urgent needs of the Visayan people (Visayans) are clean water, food, blankets, and medical supplies.

MicroSourcing relief efforts for typhoon survivors

MicroSourcing Efforts
The delivery centers of MicroSourcing in Manila were not affected by the typhoon. As business operations continued, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility unit received countless suggestions on how MicroSourcing can support typhoon survivors.  

  • With our clients and employees, MicroSourcing is focused on raising cash donations to help our partner organizations swiftly mobilize resources. An online campaign was launched for ease of donations where the company will directly match employee pledges.
  • Following the suggestion of employees, the MicroSourcing community is voting on cancelling the Christmas party to donate the allotted budget to reinforce relief efforts.
  • MicroSourcing employees are also coming up with their own initiatives. Teams are heading out to ABS-CBN Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Headquarters to help repack relief kits. Volunteers are also in coordination with Red Cross for non-cash donations.

Partner Non-profit Organizations
MicroSourcing is currently working with two organizations. First, the company partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a worldwide non-profit organization that provides decent and affordable housing for the less fortunate. In light of the recent calamity, they launched a program called "The Ayos Bahay Challenge". Through the program, MicroSourcing aims to provide support in reducing long-term challenges such as the rehabilitation of homes, schools, and other infrastructure that were destroyed by Yolanda. Part of the donations collected from MicroSourcing employees will go to Habitat for Humanity’s shelter repair kits and construction materials. 

For the more urgent needs of our fellow citizens, MicroSourcing has tapped World Vision, one of the largest relief operations in the country, mobilizing 500 local staff to raise funds and coordinate efforts in six provinces in Central Philippines. Donations to the organization will be used to purchase food and groceries, hygiene kits, and non-food items like blankets, mosquito nets, and temporary shelter. World Vision aims to respond to the needs of over 80,000 families or 400,000 individuals.

Stay Updated
Join us as we continue the relief efforts for the typhoon victims.
If you would like to participate in the relief efforts, you may share your suggestions and comments using the following:

www.facebook.com/MicroSourcing #MSReliefPH
www.twitter.com/MicroSourcing #MSReliefPH

 

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