Admin’s note: below is a follow-up report on [FAN PROJECT] 131109 JYJ REACH: Earthquake & Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Charity Project.
The Philippines was recently struck by a magnitude 7.2 Earthquake that greatly affected the provinces of Bohol and Cebu. Less than a month thereafter, another disaster was experienced like no other when typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit Central Philippines killing thousands of people, injuring thousands more, destroying homes and damaging major infrastructures. The destruction after the storm was horribly massive and survivors clamor for basic needs like food, water and shelter. In the midst of this great loss and sadness, the desire to help is equally overwhelming. People from all walks of life, nationality and status are donating what they have and giving what they can.
Like JYJ’s compassion towards those in need and like everyone who wants to make a little difference in this trying times, we, the JYJ Lovers in the Philippines (@JYJ_PH) in the name of JYJ – Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu, launched another Charity Project under our Charity Flag JYJ REACH. As you may recall, last August 2012, when the Philippines was devastated by the eight day “Habagat” or southwest monsoon, JYJ_PH initiated a Charity Project called “JYJ REACH” to reach out to the victims by donating food and medicine. The group knocked on the good hearts of its JYJ Family for assistance and help. The project was successfully concluded and implemented in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and World Vision. (Read more HERE)
Last November 9, 2013, the team launched JYJ REACH: Earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Charity Project to once again seek assistance and help from its JYJ Family. Friends, followers and fellow fan sites did not hesitate to pass the information around. We were deeply moved by the response from the local and international fans of JYJ. As of November 16, 2013, the team was able to gather more than 50,000.00 (≈ USD 1,143.50) PHP worth of cash donations. The project as planned were implemented in two phases.
Last Saturday, November 17, 2013, Phase 1 was implemented successfully. Part of the funds collected were used to buy drinking water and food packs to give to ABS-CBN Foundations Inc. Sagip Kapamilya. ABS-CBN is also one of the country’s major TV networks that locally aired Park YooChun’s dramas such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Rooftop Prince and Missing You as well as, bought the rights to Kim JaeJoong’s Protect the Boss. The admins and volunteers turned-over a total of 500 liters of drinking water, 3 packs of clothing and 176 food packs consisting of canned goods, noodles, milk, biscuits, etc. JYJ_PH was assisted by the officials of Barangay West Triangle who were generous enough to lend the Baranggay Office as re-packing and segregation area of the goods for the admins and volunteers. The team was blessed enough as Baranggay Captain Beng San U. Sia did not hesitate to offer their Office’s resources, vehicles and call the staffs and security to work on overtime and assist JYJ_PH.
Phase 2: Operation Bayanihan (food feeding for evacuees)
After the successful implementation of Phase 1 of our JYJ REACH: Earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Charity Project held last November 17 where admins and volunteers delivered packed relief goods to the ABS-CBN Foundation: Sagip Kapamilya warehouse, the team proceeded with Phase 2 implementation last November 30, 2013 in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.
The initial plan for our Project’s Phase 2 implementation was to donate the remaining funds collected to World Vision Philippines, however, due to the overwhelming turn out of cash donations from the local and international fans of JYJ amounting to PHP 121,795.28 (≈ USD 2,785.50; Final List of Donors and Donations), we are able to extend the Relief Operations to more phases to reach out to more victims and spread JYJ Love further.
A week after the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, the DSWD launched its “Bayanihan” Operations at the Villamor Airbase where evacuees from the affected Provinces arrive everyday via C-130 planes and rented commercial buses. Immediate needs including food, access to personal sanitation facilities, transportation assistance, pyscho-emotional support, and temporary shelter are provided by DSWD and volunteer groups upon arrival of these survivors. JYJ_PH immediately coordinated with the DSWD to participate in this Bayanihan Operation. Thus, the team went to the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City last Saturday to distribute lunch meals and school supplies to survivors arriving from Tacloban City. During the feeding program, a total of 250 sets of meals were served by the admins and volunteers. 100 packs of Coloring books and school supplies were also distributed to the children survivors. Admins were advised by the social workers that giving coloring books and school supplies will help these kids in their psycho-emotional healing while at the evacuation site.
The weather was a challenge because the slightly cloudy skies brought occasional rains that alternate with sunshine but despite the unpredictable weather, the atmosphere was really encouraging. We are deeply moved seeing various corporate groups, schools, and social organizations sharing foods and services that day. Truly “Bayanihan” (spirit of communal unity) is alive in the country. More importantly, meeting the survivors personally and seeing the resilience in them inspired us to do more. Although it was heartbreaking to see their smiles despite their struggles, it was a truly inspiring and fulfilling experience for the admins and volunteers.
The DSWD acknowledged that we were the only Kpop Fansite/Fanclub who participated in this Operation. The team felt grateful that our common passion towards JYJ resulted to something meaningful at this time of need. Again and again we are thankful to everyone who volunteered, donated, tweeted, and supported us with encouragement and prayers. We are happy to be part of this JYJ family that not only supports Kim Jaejoong , Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu but also each other.
JYJ PH will continue to update you with the developments of our the charity project until all cash donations have been fully utilized. A cheque will be given to World Vision this week for Phase 3. We are also communicating with Good Neighbors (one of NII’s sponsored charity) for Phase 4. We are likewise planning to visit another evacuation site in Mandaluyong City that houses 100 Families of typhoon survivors. All of these details will be posted on our site as soon as implemented.