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Rebuilding the Philippines

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Our Opportunity family in the Philippines needs our help.

In November, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest tropical storm ever – devastated the island nation. Entire villages were destroyed; thousands of people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were displaced.

The typhoon took houses, businesses and loved ones away from thousands of Opportunity clients. Hundreds of Opportunity's colleagues in the Philippines lost their homes as well. Now, months after the disaster, our clients and staff are working to rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives. It is a process that is long and arduous, and one that is just beginning.

It's an unimaginably difficult situation for survivors – and we can help. That's why we've launched the Opportunity Philippines Rebuilding Fund. Your donation will help families have the financial assistance to recover from the disaster – even after the immediate, short-term relief has ended.

About this project

Ever since its founding, Opportunity International has considered itself as a family, with members around the world. We serve our clients with caring hearts. We support our coworkers with shared commitment. We celebrate success and pull together in hard times.

Our Opportunity family in the Philippines needs our help. Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest tropical storm ever – devastated the island nation in November, 2013. Entire villages were destroyed; thousands of people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were displaced.

Almost no corner of the country was spared, including many areas where Opportunity works. Unfortunately, nearly 1,000 of our colleagues lost their homes in the storm. The typhoon also took houses, businesses and loved ones away from thousands of Opportunity clients.

It's an unimaginably difficult situation for survivors – and we can help. That's why we've launched the Opportunity Philippines Rebuilding Fund.

Answering the need

Your donation will help families have the financial assistance to recover in the months to come.

Thousands will be rebuilding from scratch – this fund will give survivors the support they need to reconstruct their homes, restart their businesses and restore their livelihoods. It will provide resources for long-term efforts, including emergency loans and assistance to local partners that help communities regain their economic health. Opportunity has worked in the Philippines since 1981, so we’ll be there for recovering families every step of the way.

Opportunity International is committed to using your donation in the most effective way possible. Your gift will support Opportunity's overall mission and will be used to provide financial services in the Philippines where they are needed most. When combined with gifts from others, your donation is multiplied throughout the developing world, providing the greatest number of opportunities for people living in poverty to transform their lives.

The people making it happen

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Vicki Escarra
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Ian Haisley
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Katey Assem
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Richard Gochnauer
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Michael Okleme
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Shari Lutey
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Dana Lunberry
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Genzo Yamamoto
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Paula Berezin
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Andrew McKeever
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Lauren Williamson
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Allison Bearden
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Joseph Weber
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David Tolmie
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Frazer Hume
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Kadita Tshibaka
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Amelia Simona Haiduc