Taking One Bright Step at a Time

Hope For Haiyan is a team of youth volunteers who’s mission is to help kids that were affected by super Typhoon Haiyan in the rural village of Cangumbang, Philippines.  For short, we call it H4H.

 We’re a group of friends, from ages 10 to 16, who go to 9 different schools.  We even have several adults who help us.  As a team, we update this site together so you’ll see information coming from all of us.  We’re looking for other volunteers across the nation, of any age, who are willing to join us too. And you don’t have to come to a meeting to join H4H.  To join, all you have to do is stay involved by reading our email updates, and send in a blog post that relates to our mission every few weeks. Or you can even sign up to be a team leader and start an H4H group in your local community.  In case you didn’t know, on November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) struck just south of it’s capital, Manila, destroying buildings and crushing families. We want to put together a team for support, to put it simply.  We are putting all of our effort into this project, and hope that you may be willing to help in any way you can.

Our Team meets once a month, to discuss our further plan of action. We meet at different restaurants, serve at local charities together, and plan fun events like S’more parties, and Halloween costume parties. Another cool thing is that we get to learn how to run a blog, how to put together an actual website, how to put in permalinks, images and things like that.  One of the adults said it would help us to learn these things for the future.  During one of our meetings we got to design an H4H logo at the mall and afterwards, had a chance meeting with someone with the Philippine Army who just so happened to be in the U.S. Talk about great timing! We still talk about how much fun we had during our first fundraiser in June 2014 (see the pics we posted under the “Photos” tab). It was great that our friends and even people we didn’t know supported our cause by donating and purchased umbrellas from us.  The best part was raising enough funds that will help feed the kids of Cangumbang every weekend for the a FULL year.  We still can’t believe it.  Of course, now we’re busy planning outings to local soup kitchens, making flyers that tell people who we are, and other fundraiser ideas.  Also, a young lady who works in the social media department at a large corporation is coming back to teach us more about how to use social media to tell others about what we’re doing. There’s definitely a lot to learn, but it’ll be fun doing it together as a group.

Currently, we’re staying in contact with a few people who live in affected areas in the Philippines. One of them works for Volunteer for the Visayans and GoAbroad Foundation and her name is Elsa Thomasma.  She’s a 24 year old American who was on national TV after the typhoon because she helped save an entire community by building an evacuation center on one of the islands during the typhoon, and to this day she’s still living and volunteering there.  So we’re doing what we can to help her too.  (See pics of her under the tab “Elsa Thomasma-Alingasa.”)

Our Mission:  To use this blog and social media to raise awareness and funds in order to help kids in the typhoon devastated Filipino village of Cangumbang rebuild their lives and prepare for a better future.

Please stay tuned to this page for updates on our mission.  By spreading the word about the typhoon, we hope we’ll get more people to join our efforts!  Thank you for visiting our page!  Salamat po!  (Thank you in Tagalog)

You can email us at:      info@hopeforhaiyan.com

Follow us on InstagramPinterest and Twitter @HopeforHaiyan

Here’s a VIDEO called “Love Generation” which we liked because it’s upbeat with a good message about connecting with others throughout our day.  We hope you enjoy it!  Click here to WATCH THE VIDEO.  

20140126_174950
January 2014
February 2014
February 2014
June 2014
June 2014
July 2014
July 2014
August 2014
August 2014
September 2014
September 2014
December 2014 Christmas Party
December 2014 Christmas Party
January 2015 Soup Kitchen Service Day
January 2015 Soup Kitchen Service Day
February 2015 H4H Advocates
February 2015 H4H Advocates

February 2015 Youth for Change Video by the H4H Advocates

We brought in 6 guest speakers to talk about being a Filipino-American, traveling abroad, and responding to the call to serve. Alan Kern with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, plus YWAM members Kaylee Morin, Drew Swank, Gabe Smith, Rachel Lewis and Courtney Windsor-Cormack
March 2015 – Guest Speaker Day
May 2015 – Planning Meeting at the ice cream shop

YouTube VIDEO:  Fun Facts About the Philippines (June 13, 2015)

June 2015 – At St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen

YouTube Video:  Facts About Typhoons  (July 2015)

20150823_143425
August 2015

YouTube Video:  H4H Line Dance (August 2015) 

YouTube Video:  Quick History on the Philippines (September 2015)

September 2015
September 2015 – Planning Meeting for Fundraiser
October 2015 Service Day at St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen
October 2015 Service Day at St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen
IG-H4H Fundraiser Success
Our Halloween Fundraiser was a success! Your donations are helping feed 75-100 kids each week for over a full year!
863707_PicsArt_10-31-04.25.05
Our Halloween Fundraiser was a success! Your donations are helping feed 75-100 kids each week for over a full year!
November service day with our church youth group
November 2015 service day with friends from our church youth group
December service day with friends from church Barbara and Sanja, and amazing Wayside Christian Mission volunteer Toni
December 2015 service day with friends from church Barbara and Sanja, and amazing Wayside Christian Mission volunteer Toni
PicsArt_01-17-11.58.28
January 2016
We're so amazed that PeerSpring chose us to be featured on their site starting today!
We’re so amazed that PeerSpring chose us to be featured on their site starting January 2016!
610304_PicsArt_02-20-05.14.01
February 2016
PicsArt_03-19-06.11.33
March 2016
May 2016
May 2016
June 2016
June 2016
Another fun day together. (See more under Photos)
August 2016

WE DID IT AGAIN!! :)
WE DID IT AGAIN!! 🙂

PicsArt_12-17-02.59.46

DISCLAIMER

Thank you for your comment! We aim for this page to be family friendly. Comments will be reviewed with that goal in mind, and published within 36 hours.