Yolanda Relief Operations

Yolanda Relief Operations


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RAFI receives P116M in donations for Yolanda survivors in 2013

Local and international donors and the general public contributed cash and in kind donations totaling P116.6 million to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.’s (RAFI) super typhoon  Yolanda relief program in 2013, helping provide food and water to 88,769 families in Cebu, Leyte and Samar provinces , and distributing 4,961 shelter kits. more

Art builds homes

An art auction organized in Manila last November for the benefit of super typhoon Yolanda survivors has helped put the smile back on the faces of 460 families. more

Akong Bugsay book helps heal Yolanda survivors

A few days after Yolanda refugees from Leyte arrived in Cebu, Lorna Eguia, founder of Books in Bags, promptly organized storytelling sessions to provide therapy for the children evacuees left traumatized by super typhoon Yolanda. more

RAFI to give learning kits, repair classrooms next

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is wrapping up this week its distribution of shelter kits for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda, and will now focus on the repair and rehabilitation of schools by preparing learning kits and other logistical needs. more

RAFI announces banca distribution program

In response to the Cebu Provincial Board’s (PB) call for help in providing bancas to Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) announces its program to help them get back their livelihood, including the distribution and/or repair of fishing boats. more

Lessons from Typhoon Yolanda

Super Typhoon Yolanda wrought extensive damage to Central Philippines. Thousands of lives were lost and key sources of livelihood were ravaged by the monster storm. But amid all of these, there are lessons to learn from the tragedy. more

RAFI complements in kind donations

Aside from cash, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has received in kind donations from well-meaning individuals and organizations. more

Kids receive Milo bundles

On a sunny day last December 6, almost a month since Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged Central Philippines, children, some still in their school uniforms, patiently lined up to get their fair share of Milo bundles, a stark contrast to the usual scene of adults queuing for relief packs. more

RAFI partners inspire with selfless deeds

Over a month after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayas, thousands are still reeling from its effects. Many kind-hearted souls have helped and are still helping. They include those who were part of the RAFI Triennial Awards (RTA) family. more

Police, Criminology interns support RAFI relief ops

They were police officers, all 53 of them; the others, 80 university students aspiring to be like the men in dark blue shorts and light blue shirts.  All of them were volunteers preparing shelter kits last Saturday, December 7, for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. more

Former RAFI employee’s tireless assistance

Fe Somera of Barangay Sambag Uno, Cebu City, is one of the many volunteers who come regularly to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) to help in its relief operations for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. more

Einstein’s org partners with RAFI

An international humanitarian aid organization founded upon the request of Albert Einstein has linked with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) in its relief operations for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. more

RAFI to offer livelihood aid

Now in the “recovery” phase of its disaster response program, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) intends to implement a “cash-for-work” scheme in majority of the northern Cebu localities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, a move that aims to help victims gain back their means of living. more

Volunteers help keep RAFI’s relief ops going

At the start of any civic endeavor, all are more than willing to help; all are raring to lend a helping hand.  There are, however, those who go the extra mile, those who offer more. more

Why volunteer?

When the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) made a call for volunteers a day after Yolanda struck, hundreds showed up that the Foundation had to direct several of them to other organizations also packing relief goods typhoon victims. Jomer Valdez was one of them. more

A RAFI volunteer’s diary: I saw utter devastation

I read from somewhere that what Super Typhoon Yolanda left in its wake was like a scene from a movie. I saw the pictures of the devastation and watched numerous television coverage of human hopelessness. I was moved. I was inspired to help. more

RAFI to adopt thorough assessment for shelter kit recipients

As it shifts to the recovery phase of its relief operations for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda northern Cebu, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will do a more thorough assessment of the beneficiaries of its 3,500 shelter kits. more

Mga buhat sa gugma sa paghasi ni Yolanda

Ang bagyong Yolanda nagbilin og dili matukib nga kadaot dili lang sa amihanang bahin sa Sugbo, labi na gyod sa mga probinsya sa Samar ug Leyte. Sa kataposang ihap, nikabat na sa kapin 5,000 ka mga kinabuhi ang nakalas tungod sa pagmangtas ni Yolanda, nga giisip nga pinakakusog nga bagyong niigo bisan haing bahin sa kalibotan. Apan bisan pa sa grabeng kadaot dala ni Yolanda, siya wala nakapawong sa kaikag sa mga Pilipinhon nga motabang og mopakita og gugma sa isigka-ingon. more

RAFI sees the need

Relief work is not a walk in the park. more

Mga Badjao misalmot pagpamutos ug hinabang

Pinasi-ugdahan sa ilang dato nga si Felicito Asamsa ug sa iyang mga lider, ang Badjao Tribal Council (BTC) sa Siyudad sa Sugbo nitabang sa Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) sa gihimong pagpamutos og hinabang alang sa mga biktima sa bagyong Yolanda sa amihanang Sugbo, sa Leyte, ug sa Samar. more

RAFI: donate cash, construction materials

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) encourages well-meaning individuals and organizations to donate construction materials and cash as it starts to focus on the construction of semi-permanent structures and the rehabilitation of homes of victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu. more

Overflowing water donations

Shortly after super typhoon Yolanda exited the country, leaving utter destruction in its wake, RAFI specifically called for donations of bottled water because drinking water was the immediate need of the affected families. more

Bantayan islets to receive tents

Representatives from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) are distributing tomorrow, Sunday more than 1,500 family tents for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims in Botigues, Lipayran, Mambakaw Dako, Mambakaw Diyot, and Circulo, islets under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Bantayan. more

Love in the time of Yolanda

Super Typhoon Yolanda may have left widespread destruction in the Visayas, but it did not dampen the spirit of volunteerism that helps us Filipinos rise above any adversity. more

RAFI gives 250K to doctors’ group

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has given PHP250,000 as financial assistance to the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists (PAMS), which is sending members to northern Cebu, Leyte, and Samar to help colleagues from the Department of Health attend to the medical needs of those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. more

RAFI to enter second phase of relief operations

After two weeks of distributing food, water, and tarpaulin sheets as immediate aid to victims of super typhoon Yolanda, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is now going to implement the “recovery” phase of its relief operations. more

RAFI packs for Impact

RAFI yesterday packed 2,000 relief goods for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda as part of a newly-sealed partnership with international organization Impact Foundation-Philippines (IFP). more

Newly-weds donate gift for typhoon victims

Having just married, Grace should have been going over her wedding gifts and sending out thank you letters.  She is, however, busy contacting friends and encouraging them to donate to Super Typhoon Yolanda victims, like what she did to a cash gift from her cousin in Sweden. more

Relief efforts continue on RAFI anniversary

RAFI’s Founders’ Day last Saturday was supposed to be a big celebration.  After all, not all non-government organizations can claim to have lasted for 47 years. more

Over half of 232K families in northern Cebu reached

Around half of the total number of households affected by super typhoon Yolanda have already received relief assistance from the Provincial Government and several organizations. more

RAFI to send Leyte relief aid

Spurred to do it faster by the call for help by the Archbishop John Du, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is preparing today (Sunday) 6,000 packs for shipment to Leyte tomorrow. more

Muslim, Christian groups partner with RAFI

Showing that golden hearts do not look at color or creed, an international Muslim group and an international Christian humanitarian organization have both partnered with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) in its relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. more

RAFI to donors: partner with us

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is calling on donors, especially international organizations wanting to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda, to partner with and course their help through the foundation. more

Volunteers make packing relief goods easier for organizations

While super typhoon Yolanda has left in its wake a widespread destruction in the Visayas areas, it did not dampen the spirit of volunteerism that made the people rise above the calamity. more

RAFI hiring locals for its relief efforts

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is hiring locals where it would be giving away relief packs both as a practical approach to the distribution and a way of providing income to them. more

RAFI gives 3,000 packs to Bantayan in first salvo of relief operations

The Ramon Abotiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is giving today 3,000 relief packs for the towns of Bantayan, Sta. Fe, and Madridejos in Bantayan island. more

 RAFI readies assessment teams, logistics for Yolanda

With “supertyphoon” Yolanda predicted to likely heavily affect Cebu, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) yesterday readied five teams that would scour all parts of the province, including the islands, for a rapid assessment immediately after the typhoon shall have struck. more

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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation’s vision, in its 48 years of existence in development work in the Visayas and Mindanao, has consistently been “Touching People, Shaping the Future.” It has worked towards elevating lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development.

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