Inside the Philippines | 2018

February 12, 2018 - February 19, 2018

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Trip Dates: February 12-19, 2018 (Ground dates, not including international travel)

Inside the Philippines is a unique opportunity to participate in humanitarian efforts of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Travel with international development experts from the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, JDC’s partner in the disaster response and recovery effort following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013
  • Experience Filipino culture – eat fresh grilled fish, go on a sunset river cruise, visit off-the-grid islands, and navigate the motorbike-filled streets of Manila
  • Engage with sustainable farming, education, and disaster risk reduction programs run by local NGOs in response to development challenges in rural areas of Panay, one of 7,641 islands in the Philippines
  • Learn about the unique history of the Filipino Jewish community & JDC’s role in its establishment during World War II
  • Participate in a Shabbaton with Manila’s small but vibrant Jewish community to explore issues of global Jewish responsibility and tikkun olam; learn how this community is giving back to its neighbors through humanitarian efforts in partnership JDC

Participation Fee: $1,000 USD *Price does not include international airfare

Please note this is a highly subsidized participation fee. Actual trip value estimated at $2,800

The trip cost includes:

  • Local transportation within the Philippines (Participants are expected to arrange their own international travel to Manila, Philippines)
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

About JDC in the Philippines: The Jewish community’s connection to the Philippines runs deep; during World War II, the Island nation provided refuge for 1,305 European Jews as part of a historic rescue effort taken on by Filipino president Manuel Quezon, in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). This historic connection prompted JDC’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in November 2013.

Applying nearly a century of relief expertise as the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, JDC mobilized within hours of the tragic typhoon to raise some $2.7 million dollars to help the survivors rebuild their lives. Within 48 hours, JDC allocated initial emergency relief funds and soon thereafter a scoping team of JDC professionals was on the ground. These efforts — developed in consultation with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community, and our global partners —concentrated on the Philippines islands of Cebu, Bohol, and Panay, whose impoverished, already vulnerable populations were deeply impacted by the disaster. In response to the disaster, JDC leveraged its professional expertise in education, psychosocial support, livelihood recovery, public health, and disaster preparedness to bring longer-term relief to the Filipino people.

After Typhoon Haiyan, JDC’s relief efforts focused on helping to rebuild destroyed classrooms in two elementary schools in the town of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu, and repair damaged preschools in Capiz province on Panay Island, impacting over 1,200 children; providing support and rehabilitation training, in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition to local professionals, response teams, and municipal authorities who have been devastating emotional trauma; rebuilding the hard-hit local fishing industry and restore livelihoods by providing replacement boats to carefully selected fishermen, who will contribute their own “sweat equity” to the project; and providing targeted disaster risk reduction assistance in villages where needs are great and few international organizations are operating, with an emphasis on community preparedness, resiliency building, and the special needs of people with disabilities.

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