How to help the victims of super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines

Our hearts go out to the Philippine people in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda). Many of you would like to assist so we have put together a list of Philippine peoples' organizations who are active in the areas most affected. The Centre for Philippine Concerns - Centre d'appui aux Philippines has worked with these organizations for many years so we know they are trustworthy, capable and that all funds will go directly and quickly to the most needy.

Sagip-Migrante Fund

Migrante Canada is organizing among its member organizations through the Sagip-Migrante Fund Drive. Funds will be in support of rescue missions, distribution and delivery of essential goods such as rice, canned goods and bottled water, setting up of soup kitchens and other relief missions in affected areas in the Visayan region.

You can donate to Migrante Canada's Sagip-Migrante Fund through PayPal with the link below:
 Donate Button with Credit Cards
Donations can be also directly deposited to Migrante Canada's bank account:
VanCity Account #: 663682 Branch 3
or to
SAGIP Migrante’s bank account in the Philippines:
Migrante International Bank of the Philippines Islands, Kalayaan Branch Savings Account No. 1993-0859-16 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM **

Relief goods may also be sent to Migrante International’s Home Office: #45 Cambridge St, Cubao, Quezon City.
Charitable tax receipts may be provided by Migrante Canada upon request for donations over $20.00. Please email migrantecanada@gmail.com for more information.

BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan)

You can also donate to the BAYAN emergency initiative BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan). See the BAYAN Philippines website for details: http://www.bayan.ph

BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (BAYAN) or New Patriotic Alliance is a multi-sectoral campaign center for its member organizations across the Philippines. BAYAN initiates and/or promotes socio-economic relief and rehabilitation projects in support and in defense of the democratic rights of internal refugees and other victims of militarization and natural and man-made calamities, especially among the peasants and national minorities in the countryside.

* Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA, US dollar account:
Rita T. Baua, acct #180218002566-3; Metrobank, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; MBTCPHMM **

United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada (UCC) will send funds received to the UCCP (United Church of Christ in the Philippines) or NCCP (National Council of Churches of the Philippines) who are carrying out relief work. Tax Receipts will be issued so please include full name and address. Please designate donations for "Typhoon Haiyan Relief".

DONATE online via UCC secure donation page:

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to: 

The United Church of Canada Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Typhoon Haiyan Relief" on the face of your cheque. 

Other local fund-raising initiatives underway:

Nov 15, Friday, Anakbayan film showing "Busong" 6:00 pm at Cuisine de Manille (Victoria Ave cor Bourret). https://www.facebook.com/events/545909998832328 
Nov 16, Saturday, fundraising dinner at United Church in Beaconsfield, 6:00 pm.
Nov 17, Sunday, Migrants Mass, St. Paul's Church in Cote St. Catherine, 5:00pm. Collections will be donated to typhoon victims. Community dinner follows after the mass.

** NOTE: if you mention that you are sending money for the emergency in the Philippines, banks will normally not charge for the transfer or charge the bare minimum.

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