Philippines Typhoon Relief FAQ

JDC is grateful for your generosity in the Philippines' time of need. We've answered a few frequently asked questions from donors below.

Where will my money go?

JDC’s approach to disaster relief is responsive to needs on the ground but generally operates under the following principle: one-third of all donated funds are distributed to immediate emergency relief (water, food, shelter, medical help), and the remaining funds go toward long-term sustainable development once the situation has stabilized.

Also important to know is that JDC will send a disaster relief and development team to the region this week to work with the Jewish community, local and international partners and identify both emergency needs and plans for the future.

What has JDC done so far?

As part of our ongoing response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, JDC will ship a container of critically important food, shelter, hygiene, and medical supplies and will ensure the provision of water and sanitation items and shelter support through its partners the Afya Foundation and Catholic Relief Services.

JDC's advance team of disaster relief and development experts will head to the Philippines later this week to assess damage and needs as well as consult with our local and international partners and the Filipino Jewish community to ensure maximum impact for storm survivors. One of the team members is descended from a family of German Jews who found safe haven in the Philippines during WWII after the Filipino President, JDC, and the Frieder family worked together to admit more than 1,000 Jewish refugees in the buildup to WWII.

What’s the situation on the ground?

The typhoon, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, caused widespread damage, especially to the hardest-hit central city of Tacloban, and is pummeling Vietnam and China. Current reports estimate the death toll to sit at 10,000 or more victims and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos remain without power, water, and shelter. Some areas continue to be inaccessible to relief and rescue crews. 

Has JDC done similar work after other disasters?

JDC has provided immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including Haiti, Japan, and South Asia after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and continues to operate programs designed to rebuild infrastructure and community life in disaster-stricken regions.

What’s the Jewish connection?

JDC’s non-sectarian relief work in the wake of disasters is an important part of our mission. Our efforts in the Philippines are especially important to us, given the country’s life-saving actions during the Second World War when it offered safe haven to more than 1,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. As JDC CEO Alan Gill said in a recent statement, “It is our privilege today to honor that historic debt.”

Has JDC worked in the Philippines before?

JDC previously helped to fight post-typhoon cholera through an Israeli partner in 2009 and works to enhance emerging Jewish community life through the inclusion of the Filipino Jewish community members in pan-Asian Jewish events.

Who are JDC’s partners in this effort?

As the situation unfolds and needs are made more clear, we will determine which of our local and international partners to support and which long term projects we will lead. JDC’s disaster relief programs are funded by special appeals of individual Jewish Federations from across North America, allocations from JFNA Emergency Relief Mailboxes, major private foundations, and tens of thousands of individual donors to JDC.  JDC coordinates its relief activities with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, Interaction, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Israeli relief agencies, and the United Nations.

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