It is truly heart-warming to see the compassion and empathy expressed around the world towards all those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. And it’s even more amazing when you see so many people trying to help in any way they can.

This week, we heard the story of a group of farmers from the Gonaives area in northern Haiti, who have donated a cheque for $150 to farmers in the Philippines. They are sending the money via the Kapuso Foundation, a non-government organisation working to serve and uplift the lives of the underprivileged in the Philippines. The Kapuso Foundation works in partnership with Virgin Unite to implement our Reforest Haiti project - a social business set up to maximise social benefit through providing affordable food, timber and employment in Haiti.

We were very sad to hear that many farmers in the Philippines are suffering from Typhoon Haiyan, like we did in Haiti after Hurricane Sandy last year. We want to tell all of you that the farmers here are praying for you and we are also sending a donation to help you recover from the storm damage. 
-Eliette Pierre

Haiti farmer donation

One of the local farm leaders, Eliette Pierre, is also a member of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA).

Earlier this year, the SFA saw its 2,000 members in the Gonaives area form an independent and self-managed agroforestry cooperative. This new social business will focus on planting trees, increasing food production and improving farm livelihoods. 

Joan Boa-In, who is from the Philippines and works for the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), was presented the cheque by Mr Pierre and three other local farm leaders.

Every donation is integral to the continued aid effort in the Philippines, and here’s how you can help:

- If you would like to donate, Virgin Money Giving has set up a fundraising page where all funds raised will go directly to the DEC Appeal.

 - If you are not in the UK, there are numerous international organisations and NGOs that have launched fundraising appeals. Have a look at the list below and please help where you can: