Google Helps Typhoon Odette Victims in the Philippines to Rebuild Communities

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Google and employees are providing aid to Filipinos that are affected by Typhoon Odette as part of an ongoing effort and the company’s commitment to crisis response.

Google 1 Photo courtesy of Citizens Disaster Response Center

Google.org, Google’s Philantripic arm, donated USD 150,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, an international organization that is specialized in helping the distribution of donations to non-profits that work in the affected country or region.

An Internal Giving campaign has been set up by Google.org so that Googlers from abroad and the Philippines can donate and these donations will be matched by Google. Currently, more than USD 7,409 has already been donated. Once final, the funds will go to iVolunteer, an NGO that distributes donations to other NGOs.

In addition, iVolunteer will split the donations, unless specified by the donor, equally between Citizens Response Center and Solar Hope. Both organizations will use the donations to provide necessities like food, drinking water, medicines, clothing, solar power kits, face masks, and alcohol for the families and communities affected by the disaster.

 “It is painful to ponder the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette to many families, communities, and livelihoods in Western Visayas just before Christmas. This is yet another challenge to our nation but our solidarity will always be stronger. We hope that through our response, we’re able to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts. Google is one with our kababayans in standing up again, starting anew, and hoping for better days ahead,”

Bernadette Nacario, Google Philippines Country Director  

Furthermore, ABS-CBN and YouTube’s fundraising activity called “Tulong-tulong sa Pag-ahon: Isang Daan sa Pagtutulungan” will run in 100 days from different departments within ABS-CBN starting with shows and celebrities. The goal is to assist 100,000 affected families. These will also be shown on ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel and will use the YouTube Donate button. More information is available here.

Google has also enabled similar employee-led donation campaigns in the Philippines, one of which was launched last November 2020 for the assistance of the survivors of Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses. It generated USD 100,000 in employee and corporate matching donations that immediately went to the Center for Disaster philanthropy for a cash transfer program, livelihood interventions focused on farming and fishery activities, improved health and hygiene support, and awareness for COVID-19 protection.

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