Gawad Kalinga Canada is now accepting donations to help victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) that ravaged central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013.
As the record breaking typhoon headed for Vietnam on Saturday, Philippine officials fear that the ‘Yolanda’ death toll would reach 10,000. Millions are expected to be in need of basic aid like food, water and clothing. Immediate help is needed as authorities have already reported looting of food among debris and corpses and in the rubble of malls, among others. Damages to infrastructure are expected to be in billions of dollars as ‘Yolanda’ flattened sea coastal towns and villages that were on its path. Hardest hit was Tacloban City, in Leyte where the initial death toll was reported at 138.
Gawad Kalinga Canada is urging everyone to help the victims of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ by donating using the PayPal button below. Donations made through GK Canada will be used specifically for building shelters for the victims.
Read about updates on ‘Yolanda’ victims and relief operations being undertaken to help them.
The Canadian government announced on Nov 10 that it has set up the Philippine crisis matching fund which will match dollar for dollar all donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities responding to the crisis, according to the report of CTV news. GK Canada is a registered Canadian charity with registration number 841583917RR0001. Please check this Canada Revenue Agency link for further details about GK Canada’s charitable registration.
Minister Paradis extends typhoon Haiyan relief fund up to Dec. 23, 2013, and is encouraging Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities. The original deadline was set Dec. 9, 2013.
Every dollar counts
That’s why we need to ensure that your donations are eligible for the Canadian government’s matching program.
- Only donations from Canadian individuals and permanent residents are eligible for the program. This excludes donations given by businesses, associations and organizations.
- Corporate or company donations matching those made by their employees are not eligible for the government matching program unless the employer is a Canadian individual or a Permanent Resident of Canada.
When making your donations please indicate whether you are a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident in the Comments box of the PayPal donation form. You have to click the word "Comments" to open the comment box. Please see below a sample of the form to know where you must fill out your citizenship status. If you are neither a Canadian citizen nor a Permanent Resident, please write “Other” in the Comments box.
For more information on the Canadian government’s matching program please check the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (THRF), which outlines the donation criteria for individual Canadians and registered charities, the certification of eligible donations and the guidelines for the submission of proposals. More information is also available here.
(Credit cards will be accepted if you don't have a paypal account)
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:
- Mail a cheque donation or automatic monthly payment by credit card by downloading the donation form and mailing it to the address stated on the upper left hand side of the form. Click here to download the form.
- Banking email transfer. Pre-advise email@example.com before you set up the email transfer to the Gawad Kalinga Canada bank account. Please send us the security code you used for the e-mail transfer in a separate e-mail, along with the donor's information: name, address, email address and phone number.
Where your donations will go