Bayanihan: Philippines Recovery Initiative

How can I help the Philippines recover and rebuild from Haiyan/Yolanda?

Bayanihan is the Filipino community spirit, rooted in the words Bayani (HERO) and Bayan (Nation). In essence, as we help each other we become heroes for others. This is our goal: to help the Philippines recover from the recent earthquake and super typhoon in an extended and sustained manner until the communities are rebuilt. For inquiries, please contact Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas at


This year's Yule Log fundraiser at William and Mary will benefit the survivors of Haiyan/Yolanda. Find out about our other on-campus events in support of the Philippines on our Facebook Group.

List of Organizations

What follows is a selective list of organizations to which you can donate and contribute, depending on your personal preference.

Filipino Organizations
Philippine Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross, This is a direct donation to the Philippine Red Cross itself.

Embassy of the Philippines in the United States Bayanihan Central Portal

The Philippine Embassy in DC Bayanihan has established a central portal site that includes various ways of contributing, from airline miles to volunteer medical missions to cash online donations. This site also has a people finder for those searching for their relatives in the Visayas region.

Society of Jesuits in the Philippines

The Jesuits in the Philippines operate many schools, seminaries, and local NGOs that serve as relief set up and distribution centers. They operate the various Ateneo schools through out the Philippines, even in the Visayas islands.

Gawad Kalinga (GK)

Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty, is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets. In the near future, GK will be needing volunteers to help rebuild these communities in the Visayas.

ABS-CBN Foundation, Sagip Kapamilya (Save Our Family)

Sagip Kapamilya, is operated by the Philippines largest broadcasting company, and has been a consistent presence in the nation's philantrophic history. TV coverage remains constant in terms of their fundraising and relief operations.

Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development is see

International Organizations
Action Against Hunger 

Action Against Hunger "maintains stocks of emergency water and sanitation equipment to help stave off outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Our teams have begun setting up mobile water treatment plants, massive “bladders” for distributing clean water, and emergency pumps and filtration systems to ensure access to water in the coming weeks."

American Red Cross

This emergency response organization is currently teaming with the Philippine Red Cross to provide medical care and disaster relief to those affected by the earthquake and supertyphoon.

The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is also accepting donations in support of its efforts to bring humanitarian assistance to typhoon victims.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), is sending dozens of staff and tons of supplies to the Philippines to provide emergency medical care to people in areas battered by Typhoon Haiyan and its aftermath.

The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund

The United States State Department entered into a partnership with the mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund, organized by the mGive Foundation, an American 501c3 public charity that collects donations for victims of the typhoon via mobile phone. Wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation, which will appear on the donor’s wireless bill or be deducted from their prepaid balance.


Oxfam is racing to help meet the needs of 500,000 people. 


The Philippine branch of Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is accepting donations online as part of an emergency typhoon appeal.

World Food Program

The World Food Program is working with the Philippine government to set up operational hubs and organize airlifts of essential supplies.