Mga Batang Bayani

YOLANDA – Everyone was surprised at the devastation wrought by this typhoon when it hit the Philippines late 2013. From Manila, I felt helpless when I saw how Yolanda swept through the Visayan region and its dreadful aftermath. We were very much aware of the immediate help that came from all over the country and the world to relief the victims with short-term support. As the media exposure subsided, I cannot help but wonder if a sustainable rebuilding plan has been put in place to give those impacted with a fresh new start.

Right before the summer of 2014, I was excited when an opportunity came up for iVolunteer to help Gawad Kalinga recruit volunteers for the Bayani Challenge 2014: Walang Iwanan. It’s the seventh year of the program and focused on helping the Yolanda victims rebuild their homes across 12 provinces, with the help of one million volunteers.

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Makinabang Tayo

I liked today’s meetup. It felt like I had a bucket and was just catching all the information raining down from heaven. You see folks, I am studying disasters myself and would not pass up on the opportunity to hear from a person with first hand experience. JB, the iVolunteer Director even teased, ‘Nakinabang ka nanaman’ and he was right — I did gain something again. But really, the bigger picture is this — volunteering creates for me the world with the healthiest give and take system I can ever imagine. Wouldn’t anyone want to live in that?

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iVolunteer Stories: Giving One’s Spirit through Volunteerism

But the truth is, need knows no season. Helping does not just start and end in one day. Volunteering means supporting others not only because it’s Christmas, it’s your birthday, it’s the height of a tragedy, or it’s Thanksgiving. For me, this is a commitment—a chance to inspire souls, and a lifetime opportunity of giving … Continue reading iVolunteer Stories: Giving One’s Spirit through Volunteerism

#YolandaPH – 7 Unique Ways You Can Help (When That Repacking Hub Is Already Full)

by JB Tan, Assistant Executive Director, iVolunteer Philippines It’s sort of familiar, déjà vu in a way, when I look at my social media streams and see stories of volunteers being turned away from repacking hubs because the relief operations  of big media corporations and NGOs are already overflowing with volunteers. It reminded me of … Continue reading #YolandaPH – 7 Unique Ways You Can Help (When That Repacking Hub Is Already Full)