November 10, 2013

Greetings of hope,

On behalf of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines organizations in the US (ICHRP), we are making a heartfelt appeal to you and your organization to join us for an unprecedented people’s initiative to respond to the urgent request for international solidarity with the millions of victims Supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Since 2009, NAFCON has been leading national efforts in the United States, ensuring a way for people in the US to donate directly to the people in need of humanitarian relief in the Philippines.

The enormity and urgency of this crisis is alarming, surmountable only through uniting the goodwill and initiative of people around the world. With more than 12,000 feared dead, and millions affected, we know that the speed and sustainability of our relief efforts will help save lives. Our partner organizations conducting relief operations in the Philippines have stressed the need for immediate assistance. Urgent needs include access to clean water, food and shelter. Since November 8th, the outpouring of support from unions, churches and people’s organizations across the country has been inspiring.

We hope that you and your organization will join us to create and grow our people’s response here in the United States, uniting as Taskforce Haiyan.

On November 12, in New York City, some of the major convenors of Taskforce Haiyan will announce our next major international and national calls for support including an international relief and medical mission that will leave for the Philippines in the next few weeks.

We look forward to working together,

Katrina Abarcar, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
Terry Valen, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns

Next steps:

1) Join Taskforce Haiyan - This is an opportunity to coordinate your organization’s relief efforts for the immediate relief and coordinate with major national and regional undertakings to make an international impact. – Online form to join Taskforce Haiyan and paper form enclosed below.

2) Taskforce Haiyan in your local community. NAFCON and ICHRP member organizations have committed to working with partners in areas where they are based to set-up resolution. Please see the list below of NAFCON’s regional coordinators.

3) Spread the word about Taskforce Haiyan efforts on social media. Please share your outreach and activities by popularizing #HaiyanRelief #TaskforceHaiyan

4) Donate now for the relief efforts that are underway. If your organization would like to make an immediate donation and encourage people to donate online, NAFCON will be serving as the recipient and sender of monetary donations to the Philippines. Your donation will be sent directly to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.

Please, make online donations securely via PayPal at or make checks payable to “St. George Fontana,” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose. NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief Regional Coordinators can collect your donations or mail it to our local nonprofit partner at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155 c/o Naida Castro. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax-deductible donations, please, email for necessary documentation.


NAFCON Mailing Address: Attn: NAFCON-USA, 4681 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112
NATIONAL: Terrence Valen (President);; (415) 333–6267
NORTHWEST: Freedom Siyam;; (206) 659–1896
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Ryan Leano;; (626) 534-4971
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Alex Montances;; (253) 381–7444
MIDWEST: Nerissa Allegretti;; (224) 381–6888
EAST COAST: Michelle Saulon;; (347) 867–1550
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