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HOME > JPN News > Latest updates from Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) and Japan-Philippines NGO Network(JPN)

Latest updates from Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) and Japan-Philippines NGO Network(JPN)

Mar 10, 2012

Since December 19, 2011, BMFI has continuously conducted relief and rehabilitation efforts for a number of communities/barangays affected by Typhoon Sendong. BMFI has received much support from individuals and institutions all over the world. To date, approximately eighty (80) days after the Typhoon Sendong disaster, it has received cash donations amounting to PHP2,877,743.67, cash pledges of PHP79,762.00, non-cash items worth PHP8,717.147.00 and non-cash pledges worth PHP978,500.00. The total amount of cash and non-cash donations is PHP12,653,152.67. (BMFI website, Feb. 27 - March 5 update)

The amount has been utilized not only for the distribution of relief goods, but also for the implementation of a comprehensive rehabilitation and disaster management program for the affected communities under its care. Such activities include:

1) the provision of shelter/ addressing housing concerns (e.g. setting-up of tent communities with assistance from Disaster Aid International, partnership with Habitat for Humanity for the acquisition and distribution of repair kits);
2) psychosocial interventions (e.g. trauma healing sessions, expressive therapy sessions, awareness of mental health concerns, psychosocial cluster meetings, setting-up of sports leagues, singing competitions);
3) livelihood and enterprise development programs (e.g. hollow block making, urban agriculture, canteen operations, and rug making projects for the tent communities);
4) support for students (e.g. provision of school supplies packages);
5) capacity-building activities for communities (e.g. leadership and camp management session for 45 camp leaders from Cagayan de Oro);
6) provision of sanitation services and medical care services (e.g. medical missions, tents for health workers, treatment for leptospirosis cases, setting-up of latrines, bathing cubicles, and potable water stations).

BMFI thanks all the generous individuals and institutions that have provided pledges, donations, and shared their talents, expertise, and time for the rehabilitation of communities in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Much has been accomplished thanks to all the support from all over the world.

For more details on BMFI's Disaster Response, Risk Reduction, and Resiliency Building Program, please visit their website:

Once again, thank you for your generous support and donations.
Let's continue helping out our neighbors in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

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