Typhoon Disaster Aid Reaches Children in the Philippines

In the wake of Super Typhoon Koppu (Lando) tearing through the Philippines in mid-October 2015 – Heart to Heart International provided relief aid and supplies to those who weathered the storm.  These pre-positioned supplies ensured a quick response in the hours after the storm had done its worst.

Care Kits PH 9

Typhoon Koppu, called Lando in the Phillipines, came ashore on the northern island of Luzon, October 18, 2015, packing winds of 115 miles per hour.  The storm dropped torrential rain as it slowed and lingered over Luzon causing mudslides and flash floods, washing away crops and overflowing rivers. Thousands were forced to flee to shelter, and lingering problems due to flooding remain.

The Philippines are one of the most natural disaster-prone locations on the planet.  Each year, dozens of tropical systems, including several typhoons (hurricanes), strike the Pacific island nation.  Some of these storms are devastating, like Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in late 2013 which prompted HHI’s largest disaster response to date.

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During times of disaster, through generous support from FedEx, HHI is able to mobilize disaster response teams with the equipment they need for providing aid in crisis zones. This longterm partnership allows for HHI to ship tons of aid directly to those who need it most.  It’s critical to HHI’s ability to respond to help people in crisis.

The HHI Care Kits seen in these photos are in the hands of children due to a combination of support and partnership.  Working with FedEx, HHI prepositioned 5,000 Care Kits in the Philippines with our partner Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian organization.  Following the storm, these kits were then distributed by their disaster teams to children, families, and indviduals in several communities affected by Typhoon Koppu (Lando).

Care Kits PH 3


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Heart to Heart Readies Aid for Typhoon Hagupit Relief

Super Typhoon Hagupit (named Ruby in the Philippines) is poised to slam into the Philippines leaving a path of destruction and affecting the lives of millions in its path.

Hagupit Ruby track 5dec14

Many of the thousands of people we helped a year ago will be impacted by this new powerful storm.

Exactly one year ago, Heart to Heart International led teams of medical volunteers to the Philippines to provide aid and comfort for thousands of people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.  Heart to Heart also shipped nearly 50 tons of relief supplies, food and medical aid to help those in need, in our largest airlift in six years.

We are following the progress of Hagupit/Ruby very closely, and are already in contact with trusted partners in the Philippines, preparing to provide whatever aid we can in the aftermath of Hagupit/Ruby.

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Aid Reaches Those in Need in the Philippines

Ray & Zeus feature size 16:9While many spent the long Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. with family and friends, and getting into the swing of the holiday season, in the Philippines… HHI staff and volunteers continued to provide medical care and deliver aid to those in need, like Ray and his son Zeus in the photo above.

As of this writing, it’s been nearly a month since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Philippines.  In that time Heart to Heart International’s Advance Team and medical volunteers have held clinics in several locations in the typhoon zone on Leyte Island and Samar Island, seeing hundreds of patients for a variety of ailments.

As we wrote about in a previous post, we’ve also shipped more than 44 tons of aid containing food, shelter supplies, medicine, medical equipment and Heart to Heart Care Kits.  Those Care Kits are now in the hands of the people who need them.  Check out a few photos of what you made happen!



Relief Airlift for the Philippines

Forklift 1FedEx, Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver nearly 100 tons of material, medical aid and supplies to people suffering in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Our share of the aid – 88,700 pounds – left our Global Distribution Center Tuesday, November 19 and will be trucked to Los Angeles, loaded onto a FedEx MD-11 to fly to Cebu City in the central Philippines.

Read more about the Relief Airlift below:


MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–  FedEx Corp. (FDX), Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid and medical supplies to communities across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 lbs. of both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, November 23.

“FedEx team members around the globe are committed to assisting with the recovery effort,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “As we have done throughout our 40-year history, FedEx is using its global network and logistical expertise to connect non-profit organizations and their relief supplies to the communities most in need.”

The FedEx relationships with Heart to Heart International and Direct Relief date back to 1995 and 2003, respectively. Throughout the years, FedEx has activated its global network to deliver critical and life-saving support to lessen the pain and loss experienced by victims of natural disasters.

“With a disaster of this magnitude, it is imperative that Heart to Heart International rapidly respond with critically-needed aid and supplies,” said Krystal Barr, interim CEO, Heart to Heart International. “Our relationship with FedEx has made that possible for us to do around the world for nearly two decades, and now again for our Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) relief effort. Working with FedEx and with Direct Relief, we know we can make a positive impact for the people of the Philippines.”

The FedEx charter flight departing on Saturday will carry nearly 200,000 lbs. of relief supplies destined for communities in and around Cebu. Onboard cargo includes:

  • Personal care and hygiene items
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • First aid kits


Philippines Aid Rolls Out

CoH_first_shipment10One of the first shipments since Haiyan/Yolanda tore through the Philippines has now left our Global Distribution Center.  Heart to Heart Care Kits – 3,000+ pounds worth – were put on pallets, wrapped up and loaded onto a FedEx truck.  Check out more pics below…

Destination:  Convoy of Hope, one of our trusted partner organizations with personnel on the ground in the Philippines.  Once the shipment arrives in the Philippines, the Care Kits will be distributed to those in need.

This is just one of many shipments that will roll out of our GDC in the coming weeks and months to several different organizations who are working with us in the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief effort.

You can help with this effort.  Donate now to help continue our relief effort and to help HHI prepare for disasters like Haiyan/Yolanda.

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Heart to Heart Sends Aid to Philippines

Typhoon BophaEarly December 2012, Typhoon Bopha (locally Pablo) made landfall on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as a Category 5 super typhoon.  It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the island in recorded history, with wind gusts of 160 mph (260 km/h).

courtesy: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ Mariane Bermudez

courtesy: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ Mariane Bermudez

The storm laid a path of destruction.  Mudslides, torrential rain, winds flattened villages, floods washed away homes and people, thousands were made homeless by the damage or destruction of 200,000+ homes.

At last tally, the death toll stands at 1,067 with a further 834 people reported missing. There are still 7,524 people staying in evacuation centers, while 835,934 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2012)

Typhoon Bopha/Pablo was devastating, to say the least.  The Philippines government and the United Nations has put out the call for more aid — And Heart to Heart is responding!

We have already shipped seven pallets of Heart to Heart Care Kits via FedEx Express. They’re headed to our partners the International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Asia America Initiative.
Loading PalletsThe Care Kits travel first from Kansas City to Los Angeles, then to Manila and from there south to Davao City on the island of Mindanao for distribution to those in need.

And we have more on the way. Heart to Heart is readying another shipment of Care Kits bound for another partner in Manila.