In October 2013, a team of volunteers was on site when a 7.2 earthquake struck the island of Bohol killing more than 200 people. We built two model homes in one of the towns hit by the earthquake. Philos Health responded with medical care, medicine from our "pharmacy" in Jagna and we purchased and distributed food, water, candles and other essentials. It was a collaborative effort with our partners in Jagna who provided all the logistical support to make our work possible. Three weeks after returning to the U.S., Typhoon Yolanda struck with the largest typhoon ever to hit land. Many Philos donors asked if we would accept donations and if we would provide relief.
Three weeks after the typhoon struck, we were back in the Philippines and together with our partners from Bohol, we traveled to Ormoc in Leyte Province a city of 250,000 people, in which 94% of the homes were damaged as were all health clinics and hospitals and schools. Philos received generous support from existing donors as well as many Americans seeking a way to help. Hundreds of millions of dollars was donated directly to Philos, so we looked for opportunities to utilize our limited resources that would have immediate and lasting impact. We supported the reconstruction of a health clinic that had been badly damaged as well as a day care center including the provision of supplies and desks for the children. Both ate fully operational and serving the community. Philos is also providing motorized boats to local fishermen who lost theirs in the typhoon. As one fisherman said:
The 10 fishermen who have received new boats so far are meeting monthly and helping support other fishermen in need. Philos continues to raise money ($550 for each boat) to buy additional boats. Providing motorized boats enables the fishermen to go further out to sea to catch larger fish at the same time protecting the coastline from overfishing. All boats are constructed by local carpenters who were impacted by the typhoon using local materials.