Combating Typhoon Haiyan Through Grassroots Organizations

Sambat Trust, Phillippines, NGC Grassroots Partner

Sambat Trust, Phillippines, NGC Global Project

7,107 islands make up the Phillippines. Among other issues as poverty and a vulnerable infrastructure surrounding the islands, the Phillippine’s geography is one that makes reaching remote areas a struggle, especially for its central government and for first responders in the wake of natural disasters.

Even so, as far as global issues go, natural disasters as an issue is a complicated one, because it is one that halts the path towards resolving other issues from universal education to poverty. It complicates the journey for children to go to school, while sometimes destroying the infrastructure providing the schooling, and also paving the way for further discrimination and gender inequality.

As Global Fund for Children‘s Amanda Hsiung writes, “…while the [Phillippine’s] government is regrettably experienced with responding to natural disasters, the country’s geography of 7,107 islands and the central government’s lack of reach into remote areas weaken national disaster preparation and response.”

While thousands are displaced and the immediate help and service is much needed in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, we tend to dismiss the future around the corner in order to provide such relief.  As our partners at Global Fund for Children write, such relief is without a doubt critical and needed, but we must also shed light on the grassroots on the frontline that will take over once first responders’ work is done.

Such grassroots in the frontline have the capacity to provide long-lasting and effective aid. GFC’s first respond approach provides rapid grants and aid to 89 grassroots organizations across the globe, among them the Cartwheel Foundation, which provides education to a student population belonging to one of the most remote indigenous groups in the Phillippines. (To donate to GFC, click hereClick here for an overview on Global Fund for Children’s first response in conjunction with grassroots method.)

Cartwheel Foundation, Phillippines, Photo courtesy of Global Fund for Children

Cartwheel Foundation, Phillippines, Photo courtesy of Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Women is an additional non-profit that will be supplying immediate aid to women relief programs in the Phillippines.

“The unfortunate reality is that natural disasters often exacerbate existing inequalities and discrimination against women,” states GFW. “Women and girls, who account for over half of the 200 million people affected annually by natural disasters, are typically at greater risk from natural hazards than men – particularly in low-income countries and among the poor, according to the Brookings Institution.”

To learn more about GFW and how to donate, click here. 

Join NGC for Our First Global Citizen Hangout

NGC will host Maya Ajmera, founder of the Global Fund for Children, to discuss Universal Education in the first Global Citizen Hangout.
To view the Hangout, visit the NGC Youtube site at 1:30 pm EST April 24th to watch live. Additionally, students and teachers can submit questions for Maya through NGC’s Facebook or Twitter by tagging #GCHangout. Questions should be submitted by April 23rd.

Maya Ajmera

Founder and Board Member, The Global Fund for Children

Visiting Scholar, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Maya Ajmera is the Founder of The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a philanthropic intermediary whose mission is to make small grants to innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. She is also the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe and Faith.

Maya serves on the boards of directors of Echoing Green, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, The Global Fund for Children, and New Global Citizens. She also serves on the advisory board to numerous philanthropic entities including the American India Foundation, Global Philanthropy Forum and the Emerging Markets Foundation.  Recently, Maya was appointed as a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She also served as a trustee of the Blue Moon Fund.

Maya received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.