(The following members were also interviewed by PeerSpring in 2016)
CHRISTIAN (Active Member, Founding Team): My mom is originally from the Philippines, and when I heard about the typhoon that had struck and damaged Cangumbang, I couldn’t help but do something about it. So when I was 12, in November of 2013, my family and I formed Hope for Haiyan, as the typhoon was named “Haiyan.”
MY ADVICE: You don’t need a lot of money to make a difference but it takes a lot of time. Making a commitment takes up a lot of time and I’m learning that.
One of the best things you can do to get other people to participate in events is to make it fun. For example, we made a dance video and taught everyone the dance during a fundraiser where we had 120 guests come. Every year we plan to host a Halloween Costume Contest. I think people come to enjoy the food and the DJ, as well as for the cause. It’s a great way to build community by having fun while helping people.
And when we serve at our local soup kitchens we meet new people every time and they comment about how young we are. So I think we leave an impact that way too.
NATALIE (Active Member, Founding Team): I started at the age of 10 in 2013. My personal mission is to help others in need. I love the idea of helping others out of the goodness of someone’s heart. I enjoy getting to know people, and making them laugh or smile. I also think being a part of Hope for Haiyan has inspired me to do good in the future years. I want to know what my purpose is in the world. I know it’s somewhere along the lines of helping people. I want life to have a meaning. I want to help other people’s lives have meaning.
MY ADVICE: A lesson I’ve learned is that things don’t always go your way even if you work hard and are excited about what you’re doing. But go for it anyway. When you help others, it makes you feel good about yourself.
The impact we’ve had is showing others it doesn’t take much to help people in our own city and to help people across the world . Many have supported H4H because they also want to help.
CHECK OUT NATALIE’s VIDEO “Facts About Typhoons” here: http://bit.ly/TyphoonFacts