Vancouver couple sacrifices vacation to help relief efforts in Philippines

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Typhoon Haiyan Philippines

On Nov 8th, 2013 the strongest tropical Typhoon (Haiyan) ever recorded struck and completely destroyed parts of the Philippines.

All that remained after the storm was rubble, the burden of rebuilding and the surviving victims. Secluded areas such as the Calamian Islands of northern Palawan (Coron) are hit especially hard as they are separated from the mainland and help will take time to arrive. The survivors desperately plead out to the world for basic necessities such as water, food, and shelter.

A Vancouver couple took it upon themselves to help the victims in the Philippines. Jenn and Nils planned a vacation to the Philippines months ago. However, in light of the recent disaster, they decided to go anyways; except as volunteers.

To further support their mission to the Philippines, Jenn and Nils turned to Canadian crowd funding platform Fundrazr to fundraise for supplies. In a little over a week, they were able to raise almost $7,000 from 64 contributors towards the cause; they even received a $1,000 donation from an anonymous donor.

Jenn and Nils plan to turn all the donation into various supplies such as canned food, rice, and tools and distribute it through liaising with local groups such as tour operators, boat charters, and various NGOs. Their goal is to save immediate lives as well as help the community rebuild and recover.

Many will ask, “who are Jenna and Nils? Are they some kind of celebrity or powerful people?” However, Jenn and Nils are everyday people just like you and I. Nils is a firefighter and first responder, while Jenn is a senior financial manager. The only thing they perhaps differ from everyone is the compassion they hold for people in need and the resolve to do something about it.

“Together we know how to get things done.” – Jenn and Nils

You can contribute to their FundRazr campaign here or you can learn from their example and start a campaign of your own.

Follow Jenn and Nils’ Facebook Here

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Plea for funds from Jenn and Nils

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has completely destroyed parts of the Philippines. Help us to provide focused disaster relief for secluded island dwellers in the Calamian Islands of northern Palawan (Coron). Most of these communities are completely cut off from the mainland, and major disaster relief efforts are focused in other parts of the country. These island dwellers desperately need food, water, medical supplies, and shelter!!! We will be in Palawan from Dec. 4th to Dec. 20th, 2013, and will distribute donated funds (by way of purchased supplies and services) at this time.

100% of donated funds will go directly to typhoon relief… travel costs are borne by us personally.

Please kindly donate whatever you can to help! How will we help these people? We will liase with local groups (tour operators, boat charters, and NGOs) to provide Boots-On-The-Ground assistance to secluded island dwellers. The goal will be to save lives and/or help families to rebuild their lives.

My partner Nils and I will be heading to the Philippines in early December…we planned this vacation months ago. In light of the recent Typhoon tragedy, we have decided to provide assistance while we are there instead of vacationing as planned.

For those who do not know us, we are a pair of working professionals from Vancouver, BC in Canada.  Nils is a firefighter and first responder, currently completing graduate work in disaster managment with extensive travel and volunteer experience. He is also the Executive Director of the Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society, although this initiative is not connected to the VFCS in any way. I am a senior financial manager with in-country connections. Together, we know how to get things done.

We will track our giving initiatives on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bootsonthegroundyolandareliefJennandNils. This public site will chronicle the places, dates, and people that we help, and will include photos and first-hand testimonials. Donators can rest assured their dollars will be put to good work, but please be patient, as we will have to navigate spotty internet service in order to update the Facebook Page!

Thank you in advance to all generous donors. With your help, many Filipino families will be in a better position to begin rebuilding their lives.

Source/Image: fundrazr

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