Typhoon Washi (known as Sendong locally) devastated the largest island in the Southern Philippines, Mindanao, late Friday night, causing flash floods and killing nearly 1,000 people. Because illegal logging and pineapple plantations have cleared the natural landscape, the immense rain could not be contained by the soil and sent torrents of water, mud, and logs down the mountains and through riverside homes and villages. The flooding left over 40,000 people homeless and the government has declared a state of calamity in the region. Rebel military groups, long active in Mindanao, have called a temporary truce with the government in response to the local suffering.
Give2Asia is currently monitoring the situational needs of the affected communities and exploring opportunities for effective, efficient response with our local partners. We have opened the Give2Asia Philippines Flood Disaster Fund 2011 to receive donations from individuals, clients, and partners who wish to participate regional projects related to Typhoon Washi and the resulting floods.
The Give2Asia Philippines Flood Disaster Fund 2011 is the second disaster relief fund set up by Give2Asia in the Philippines this year. In September, Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae struck the northern island of Luzon within the same week, forcing over 200,000 people into evacuation centers.
In the past, Give2Asia has partnered with many organizations working in Mindanao. Currently, we are monitoring needs and evaluating projects in coordination with some of the following organizations:
Alay Pag-Asa Christian Foundation
British Council Philippines
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Family Link Philippines Foundation
Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation
Hands on Manila Foundation
Philippines Business for Social Progress
Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation
TAO – Pilipinas
The Asia Foundation – Philippines
University of the Philippines Foundation
Visayan Forum Foundation