A Window into Our 2015 Holiday Celebrations

Volunteers and local children in the Philippines

The past few weeks have been very busy in our neck of the woods, amidst many palm trees and rice fields. Thanks to all of you, we have enjoyed numerous holiday celebrations with the communities that benefit from our programs. From a Christmas Party especially for all of VFV’s Sponsored Children to Cangumbang’s Community Christmas Party to a Community Grocery…

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Celebrating the Second Anniversary of the Cangumbang Center

Cangumbang Community Center, Palo, Philippines

August 23rd, 2015 marked the two year anniversary of the original blessing of the Cangumbang Community and Evacuation Center, made possible by our partner Volunteer for the Visayans and the fundraising efforts of our Director, Elsa Tomasma. Over the past two years, the center has seen both immense growth and unbelieveable devastation. However, the Cangumbang Center continues to literally stand…

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May Donor Spotlight – Children Helping Children

After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, a school teacher in Barcelona, Spain, Mark Paterson, felt drawn to help support relief efforts by initiating a school wide fundraiser at St. Paul’s School. He knew the fundraiser would not only help survivors, of what has been called the worst storm in history, but also help educate his own students about the aftermath,…

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Day 29: Interview with Elsa – Survivor & Director

Elsa Thomasma is the Director of the GoAbroad Foundation and an active philanthropist who is living and working in Tacloban City, Philippines. Her vision and drive made it possible to construct a storm shelter in Cangumbang, a village south of Tacloban, that saved countless lives during Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Yolanda). As she continues to work to…

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Day 11: A Story of Hope

Visiting the community for the first time in 2009, building homes and getting to know the locals for 6 months in 2011, avidly fundraising in 2012, completing construction of a community evacuation center in 2013, our director Elsa Thomasma has more than a close relationship with the village of Cangumbang. So when Typhoon Yolanda ravaged through the Philippines in November…

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Day 5: Life Before The Storm

In August 2013, Brandon Knopp was a video intern at GoAbroad.com’s office in the Philippines. During his internship, he spent a few weekends joining our director Elsa in Cangumbang, a rural village where Elsa helped construct a Community Evacuation Center for our partner in the Philippines. The center was completed in the end of August, just in time for Typhoon Yolanda.

To learn more about our Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts, visit our Typhoon Recovery page.