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Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated Southeast Asia particularly the central part of the Philippines in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record killing at least 5,680 people in the Philippines alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall and unofficially the fourth strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines rose to the challenge of offering disaster and relief operations starting from a sizeable calamity fund from the National Headquarters . The Visayas Regional Office in Cebu City served as the main hub which purchased and delivered relief goods containing rice, bottled water, canned goods, biscuits, noodles, medicines, hygiene packs, school supplies and used clothing.
These relief packs were distributed in Tacloban, Guiuan, Samar, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Northern Cebu and other affected areas in Central Philippines.
At the forefront of this initiative were the Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff from the Council, Region and National Headquarters.
As more donations from fellow Girl Scouts/Girl Guide organizations, friends and relatives started pouring in upon the announcement of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the Asia Pacific Region call for support, we saw more than just one nation uniting, but a global community working towards one goal—uplifting the lives of thousands of Filipinos ravaged by the super typhoon. Other than the cash donations, actual posters and Christmas cards were made by Girl Scout troop members from the U.S.A and Japan and sent to GSP. A fund-raising project was also initiated by Lope Choa of Bank of America in California, son of past president Tes Choa. Another girl scout Daisy troop from Canada also did a bottle drive to be able to raise funds for the survivors.
The Girl Scout spirit of helping and sharing was very much alive. Certainly, no amount of help is too small or too big to make a difference.
A plan for the rehabilitation project to be started by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines for the affected Councils and their communities is underway. The generous financial donations from various donors and friends here and abroad and our Girl Scout international community will enable us to provide help in rebuilding the lives especially of our Girl Scouts and their families.