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RAFI helps rebuild lives and homes post-Typhoon Odette

RAFI post-Typhoon Odette
A Cebu local happily receives his relief pack from a RAFI employee

More than a month after Typhoon Odette devastated the Visayas region, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has been working closely with the affected communities to alleviate the typhoon’s disastrous impact. To know the actual situation on the ground, RAFI deployed teams to conduct rapid assessment and validation and has been implementing a phased approach to its humanitarian relief operation plans to aid those affected by the typhoon.

Over the course of Phase 1, the “Emergency Relief Phase”, RAFI lent 34 generator sets to water refilling stations, distributed 279,580 liters of water, and provided 143,866 relief packs to thousands of families in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Occidental, and Southern Leyte. Apart from relief goods, RAFI also conducted psychosocial initiatives to help the young survivors of Odette cope with trauma sustained during the ordeal.

RAFI will soon transition its efforts towards the Recovery and Rehabilitation phases by February with the untiring support of its partners from individuals to private corporations, government agencies and international NGOs. RAFI has so far raised Php 37Mn in cash and pledges from individual donors and organizations, and has spent Php 84Mn for its emergency relief operations. The foundation’s counterpart runs at Php 46Mn to date.

Rachel Labial, a resident of Sitio Utnay, Upper Tingob, Mandaue, is grateful to RAFI for assisting them in their time of extreme need. “Dako na gyud kaayo ni siyang tabang (RAFI relief packs) sa amoang mga kasilinganan. A big help gyud kay as of now lisud gyud. Ang uban bag-o pa nagpa-repair sa balay unya murag hurot-hurot gyud. Wala gyuy nasalbar,” (“[RAFI relief packs] were a big help to our community. We are having a hard time [recovering]. Most of us just finished repairing our houses and have nothing left [to use to buy food].”) she said.

Beneficiaries in Malabuyoc Cebu - RAFI
Beneficiaries in Malabuyoc, Cebu receiving their relief packs from RAFI

Indeed, it’s a long journey to full rehabilitation. RAFI continues to accept donations and partnerships from the community. Its Donation Hub is open for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief for affected families and communities. Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address [email protected] or through the following numbers: (032) 265-5914 (landline); 0917-633-2936 and 0933-879-2966 (mobile).


About Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI)

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is the family foundation of the family line of Don Ramon Aboitiz. Established in 1966, RAFI continues to elevate the lives of people in the Visayas and Mindanao.

RAFI is open to partnerships. Its Donation Hub is open for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief for affected families and communities. Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address [email protected] or through the following numbers: (032) 265-5914 (landline); 0917-633-2936 and 0933-879-2966 (mobile).

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