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Philippine foundation assists typhoon victims

by Dolora Cardeno

Special To The Japan Times

For 39 years, ERDA, a nongovernmental organization, has helped poor, disadvantaged and excluded children across the Philippines, especially dropouts, receive education.

ERDA has helped more than 700,000 children access formal and alternative learning systems. ERDA programs and services are offered nationwide in 34 provinces and 13 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila. This school year we are helping to educate more than 21,000 children.

On Nov. 8, the Eastern and Central Visayas regions were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which left 5,211 people confirmed dead, 1,600 missing and 25,000 injured.

As many as 4,557 beneficiaries of ERDA in 10 provinces were affected by the typhoon, with six provinces badly hit — Leyte, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan and Biliran. According to reports, more than 1,500 families had their houses washed away and other houses were partially destroyed.

ERDA is presently taking donations for typhoon victims and will give cash assistance to the most affected families to help them rebuild their houses.

ERDA is registered, licensed and accredited by regulatory bodies in the Philippines, including by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Philippine Council for NGO Certification. The Bureau of Internal Revenue granted ERDA five-year Donee Institution Status. ERDA is accredited by the local governments where it operates.

In the 2013-2014 school year, ERDA is helping more than 21,000 poor children, a majority of them child laborers, indigenous children, dropouts and excluded children.

ERDA is a member of three big coalitions of civil society working for Philippine kids.

Organizations, individuals and the governments, including of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, the U.S. and the Philippines, have assisted ERDA through donations and funding.

For more information, email ERDA Foundation at erdafoundation.president@gmail.com or at edo.erda@yahoo.com.ph.

Donations can be made at: Dollar Savings Account, ERDA Foundation Inc. Account No.: 0154-0069-66 Bank of the Philippine Islands Espana-UST Branch, Espana, Sampaloc, Manila.

Euro Savings Account, ERDA Foundation Inc. Account No.: 0154-0204-62 Bank of the Philippine Islands Espana-UST Branch, Espana, Sampaloc, Manila.

Dolora H. Cardeno is the ERDA Foundation executive director.