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Rebuild Baras, Catanduanes Devastated By Super Tphoon Rolly (International Name GONI)

  • Philippines
Raised So Far HKD 12,909
36% Complete
Target : HKD 35,000

About Appeal

Dear Family and Friends,

I’m writing on behalf of a weaving community in Baras, Catanduanes. The recent super typhoon Rolly (international name GONI) has left their town devastated beyond imagination. Typhoon Rolly was an underreported, but exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that made landfall as a Category 5–equivalent super typhoon. It was almost as strong as Yolanda (Super typhoon Haiyan, 2013) with 10-minute sustained winds of 220 km/h (140 mph), and 1-minute sustained winds of 315 km/h (195 mph).

Thankfully, all the residents evacuated on time and they have zero casualties. But until now, almost two weeks after the typhoon, they are still isolated - left without telecommunication and electricity, with food and water becoming a scarce commodity. There is also another storm (Ulysses) looming and headed their way as I write this.

Being a country constantly pummelled by natural calamities, the Philippines is quite used to disaster and relief operations, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made this difficult. And this is why I am appealing to you kind souls for a donation of HK$200 per person (target 40 people). My friend's mom who I personally know – Dita Sandico Ong – has worked with this community for as long as I remember. These are the weavers that weave the precious “banaca” fabric in the Philippines.

The money will be used for rebuilding infrastructure and restarting their livelihood. With the ongoing pandemic, we know that it is more and more difficult to give donations as the months pass. But we will try our best to use this in the best way to create a sustainable model for them, and infrastructures that will not just be swept away with every storm that passes. These funds will be managed by Ditta Sandico and Rejoice Apanti. If there is anything else you can offer (construction materials? Architecture services? Manpower? Someone who can help to make a better fundraising campaign?), please reach out. If you are in the Philippines and would like to give donations in kind like clothes, canned goods, hygiene kits etc., please send it to this address: 

Ditta Sandico
5 Mabolo St., New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines

We will be reporting the amounts received and the beneficiaries once turned over. Any amount will be of great help! Please spread the word. And thank you, from the bottom of our hearts ❤

Recent Donors 23

  • Bea Paterno (+ friends)

    HKD 3,000 01/12/2020

  • Kathreen Solis

    USD 40 28/11/2020

  • Tatjana Crossley

    HKD 200 24/11/2020

  • Katherine Liljegren

    Wishing all the best in your efforts to rebuild!

    USD 25 24/11/2020

  • Silke Brenn

    HKD 400 23/11/2020

  • Ada & Joy Ghose

    HKD 500 23/11/2020

  • Karen Yau

    HKD 500 23/11/2020

  • Jay Zheng

    HKD 3,000 22/11/2020

  • Anonymous

    MYR 10 22/11/2020

  • Natalie Chan

    HKD 400 22/11/2020

  • Filippo Sebastio

    HKD 200 22/11/2020

  • Chris Torres

    USD 50 21/11/2020

  • Ash Wayburne

    HKD 500 21/11/2020

  • Yorgos Fokas

    HKD 350 21/11/2020

  • Samantha Fong

    HKD 500 21/11/2020