We are a work in progress, intending to swiftly meet the needs of kababayans in typhoon-afflicted areas with transparency, accuracy and hope.
The organizers with Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations include volunteers with the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, Filipino folk fusion band Samasama Project, and a handful of volunteers known for their dedication to community building.
Our goal is to raise enough funds to subsidize two medical missions: One in Tacloban City on Feb. 25 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) led by Baron Cabalona, and another in Paluan City, Occidental Mindoro on March 2 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), led by Dr. Ariel Tolentino.
The medical missions will be modelled after the May, 2013 Paluan medical-dental mission spearheaded by Dr. Tolentino. There were two doctors, eight nurses and one safety marshall that travelled to western Mindoro island and saw patients for eight hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 30 minute lunch break. They used a facility in partnership with Paluan government and health officials.
Details of the upcoming medical mission can be found online here. All are welcome to assist – please contact Dr. Tolentino for details.
The Jan. 25 fundraiser will be modelled after the successful Sendong All Our Love fundraiser held in 2012 to aid survivors of Typhoon Sendong in northern Mindanao. At the end of three weeks’ planning, we had gathered at least 20 performers, businesses and volunteers and raised $5,442 to benefit the LaSalle Academy of Illigan City. Details of that event are online here.
Visit this page often for more updates! Already we have the Filipino Musicians of Chicago scheduled to perform on Jan. 25, artist sign ups, and other ways to contribute.