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Programs AND Accomplishments

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Dear YPDR Friends and Sponsors, I am writing you from Bantayan Island, an area of the Philippines that has endured unimaginable devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. This is a part of the world I have come to know and care for over the years, so when the storm hit, my friends Joseph Ferris III, Marshall Mayer, Katlyn Murray and I felt obligated to do our best to aid those in need. What began as a few friends looking to help has snowballed into a large-scale and organized relief and construction operation. We have a team of qualiďŹ ed construction, engineering, medical, and security experts already involved, hundreds more committed to joining the team, and a numerous other local and international non-governmental organizations partnering up with us to expedite and enhance our progress. We are currently leading a rebuilding initiative, with an emphasis on implementing methods of sustainability. Our initial mission was to repair damaged schools and rebuild completely destroyed classrooms on the island using durable construction methods to withstand future storms and provide shelter for the entire island when major storms inevitably return. While that remains crucial, we are committing to new vital tasks every day. We have developed a model for more storm resistant homes and are working in conjunction with our partner PAH and local carpenters to build homes, over 900 of which have already been built. We are also committed to providing water and sanitation rehabilitation, hygiene promotion, marine life and livelihood restoration, emergency response, relief good distribution services, medical care in conjunction with our partner organization SAMU, and community outreach programs that raise awareness about health and environmental responsibility. For these projects to come to fruition, increased funding is vital. We are reaching out to you in hopes that you might share our interest in helping rebuild this island. We value our help from abroad as much as that on the ground. We could not think of a more worthwhile cause for you to support. Serious sponsorship such as monetary donation, supplies, or any other forms of contributions will not be taken for granted. We are open to discussing ways to thank or promote you or your brand in a variety of ways. The following brochure gives an overview of our organization and programs, as well as outlining how funds donated are spent by YPDR. You will realize it doesn't take very much to go a long way with what we are trying to do. We are happy to collaborate in any way you think you can be most helpful. We truly appreciate your time and hope that you ďŹ nd this endeavor as meaningful as we do. I look forward to hearing from you.

With gratitude,

Christopher White President and Co-Founder of Young Pioneer Disaster Response

// W H O W E A R E MISSION YPDR is a grass-roots compassion based organization dedicated to the on-going disaster response and recovery efforts of the Philippines.

VISION Young Pioneer Disaster Response seeks to implement sustainable and innovative strategies within the disaster response arena while placing an emphasis on creative community building, transparency and responsible leadership. HISTORY Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR) started with the idea that the collective action of a dedicated group of individuals, each utilizing their own skills to their maximum potential, can facilitate positive change in the world. YPDR was founded by Christopher P. White, Joseph Ferris III, Marshall Mayer and Katlyn Murray. White and Ferris were running tours to destinations including North Korea and Burma for an extreme travel company when they heard about the devastation caused to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, while Mayer was doing logistical work in Beijing, and Murray was helping film a documentary in China. White, who was has previously worked in commercial diving, oil spill response, wild land fire fighting, and construction management, and Ferris, a 15-year veteran captain of a prominent oceanographic research vessel, felt the calling to lend a helping hand in any way they could. After assembling a skilled team of likeminded people, fundraising through crowd-funding websites, and recruiting an international volunteer workforce, the group headed to Bantayan Island in the aftermath of the typhoon. YPDR has committed to a 3-year operation on Bantayan Island in order to facilitate the implementation of long-term sustainable solutions designed to empower and promote the prosperity and well-being of this disaster-affected community. Y P D R // P R O G R A M S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S


// H O U S I N G P R O G R A M OVERVIEW In Partnership with Polish Humanitarian Action, YPDR is building 900 storm-strengthened homes for families in need.


1 // Built 8 model homes in Barangay Sungko, Barangay Kabangbang, Barangay Baigad, Barangay Kang-Kaibe, and Barangay Suba with the help of local carpenters. 2 // YPDR, in partnership with Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), has finished building the first round of over 900 homes on Bantayan Island. 3 // Trained 105 local carpenter in storm-strengthening construction techniques. 4 // YPDR is currently expanding its housing operation to Eastern Samar, the first area hit by Typhoon Haiyan, in partnership with Da Edge Surf Camp and Rapid Crushing.

QUALITY COMMITMENT YPDR and our partner organization Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) are committed to providing long-term sustainable solutions to the current shelter crisis faced by those whose homes were destroyed as a result of Typhoon Yolanda. Utilizing structural improvements designed by students at the University of San Carlos, YPDR and PAH are committed to building storm – strengthened houses strong enough to withstand the force of another natural disaster while providing homes to as many families as possible.

LIVELIHOOD INITI ATIVE YPDR recognizes the value of economic opportunity and equality in empowering the local community and providing families with the tools they need to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda.

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// S C H O O L R E H A B I L I T A T I O N PROGRAM OVERVIEW YPDR is working to rebuild schools on Bantayan Island from start to ďŹ nish by clearing debris, re-rooďŹ ng classrooms, repairing electricity, restoring water and using storm resistant shipping containers to replace severely damaged classrooms.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Returned 19 classrooms and 6 bathrooms to operational status at Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Elementary School, Guiwanana Elementary School, and Sungko Elementary School. 2 // Re-commissioned 2 wells at Santa Fe Elementary School. 3 // Reconstructed the canteen at Santa Fe Elementary School. 4 // Removed 4 hazardous structures from Santa Fe Elementary and Santa Fe High School. 5 // Constructed two 18.58 sq. meter gardens in addition to the rehabilitation of 37. 6 // Painted 10 classrooms in Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Elementary School, and Guiwanon Elementary School. 7 // Removed over 100 truckloads of debris, in excess of 50 tons, from Santa Fe high School and Santa Fe Elementary. 8 // Removed 13 damaged trees from Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Elementary. 9 // Refurbished and created garden at Sungko Elementary. 10 // Cleared out 3 classrooms, cleaned 50 desks and 75 chairs at Pooc Elementary School. 11 // Cleared out 200 boxes of textbooks from storage at Santa Fe Central Elementary School. 12 // Cleaned school clinic and painted wall at Madridejos Elementary School. 13// Built a brand new 3 classroom building at Santa Fe High School in partnership with PAH Y P D R // P R O G R A M S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S


// W A S H ( W A T E R, S A N I T A T I O N, A N D H Y G I E N E ) OVERVIEW YPDR recognizes the vital importance of proper water and sanitation facilities coupled with hygiene promotion to assist in preventing illness and keeping the people of Bantayan Island and surrounding islets healthy and safe.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Repaired 7 hand-washing stations at 5 local schools. (Sungko Elementary, Guiwannan Elementary, Obo-ob Integrated School, Santa Fe National High School and Santa Fe Elementary School). 2 // Restored the water supply to Santa Fe High School. 3 // Constructed 21 toilets and returned 33 toilets to operational status at local schools. 4 // Conducted a hygiene promotion session and performed educational puppet shows on hygiene for over 6,000 children in the municipalities of Santa Fe, Madridejos, and Bantayan. 5 // Conducted damage assessments of the water supply and toilet facilities at 30 schools on Bantayan Island. 6 // 10,260 bars of soap have been distributed to students, local employees and their families. Y P D R // P R O G R A M S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S


// J O I N T M E D I C A L M I S S I O N S

OVERVIEW YPDR facilities joint medical missions with our partner organization SAMU Fundacion.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Coordinated the treatment of over 3,357 patients in 20 Barangays on Bantayan Island. 2 // Delivered 250,000 USD worth of medical supplies to Bantayan District Hospital, Santa Fe Health Services and Mandridejos Health Services. 3 // Examined over 250 children for back to school health clearance in partnership with doctors and nurses at Bantayan District Hospital

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// E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E H A B I L I T A T I O N OVERVIEW Utilizing the oceanographic knowledge of YPDR’s president, Christopher White, a former commercial deep sea diver, and Director Joseph Ferris III, a veteran captain with over 15 years experience on a scientific research vessel, YPDR is restoring native marine habitats damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda through the implementation of artificial reefs.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Built a low impact oceanographic research vessel. 2 // Conducted 7 underwater surveys to locate and map damaged reefs. 3 // Constructed over 100 marine domes that are designed to mimic native coral, support the replenishment of fish stocks and simulate coral regeneration. Each marine dome can produce over 50kg (110lbs) of fish every year! 4 // Deployed over 80 marine domes into the Visayan Sea, the marine biodiversity center of the world, that has experienced 98% reef destruction in recent decades. 5 // Built 1 floating bamboo raft for marine dome deployments. 6 // Collected over 20 kg of dead coral to recycle into new marine domes. Y P D R // P R O G R A M S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S


// C O M M U N I T Y O U T R E A C H OVERVIEW YPDR is dedicated to enriching the communities of Bantayan Island by providing educational and inspiring programs for local children and their families.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Performed an educational puppet show on hygiene for 6,000 children in the municipalities of Bantayan, Madridejos, and Santa Fe. 2 // Organized 7 beach cleanups while teaching children the importance of keeping their oceans clean. 3 // Hosted an art therapy program for over 100 children in partnership with The 24 Foundation. 4 // 105,000 kg debris removed from the different barangays in Santa Fe. 5 // 50 kg rice distributed to Bantayan District Jail. 6 // Distributed 129 boxes of clothes in Panangatan Island, in Suba Barangay. 7 // Distributed over 40 tons of rice, 300 water kits and 700 sanitation kits. 8 // Trained over 100 local carpenters in storm strengthened building techniques. 9 // Treated 3,357 patients free of charge in partnership with SAMU Medical Foundation. 10 // Secured 250,000 USD in medical equipment for the medical facilities on Bantayan Island.

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// E M E R G E N C Y R E S P O N S E OVERVIEW YPDR provides logistical support for maritime rescue operations utilizing the expertise of our Director, Captain Joseph Ferris III, a fifteen-year veteran captain of a scientific research vessel in addition to staff trained in maritime evacuations.

HIGHLIGHTS 1 // Instituted the island’s first ever emergency communication system to allow the municipalities and NGOs on Bantayan to coordinate effectively in future maritime and other emergencies. 2 // Participated in the emergency marine evacuation of more than 300 people from a stranded ferry off the Coast of Bantayan Island. 3 // Provided safe transport in for 4 children to Cebu for emergency medical treatment funded by YPDR donors.


OVERVIEW Kataw Handicrafts is a collective of the women of Bantayan Island in the Philippines producing a variety of craft items all utilizing the natural products local on the island. "Kataw" means mermaid in Visayan, Bantayan's native language. Our workshop employs local trainers to guide a team of women in creating various forms of handicraft, packaged and sold to people from all over the world. Kataw handicrafts started as a project to empower the women of this island, to allow women who face harsh employment prospects a chance to utilize their skills into a sustainable business. All the money raised from these sales go directly back to the women of Kataw, and YPDR's marine restoration program. Putting back into the ocean right at it's heart in the Philippines. Y P D R // P R O G R A M S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S


// G E T I N V O L V E D VOLUNTEER The backbone of YPDR is its dedicated workforce of over 100 international volunteers representing more than 30 countries. If you have a background in sustainability, construction, fine art, architecture, engineering, medicine, media, music, fundraising or other relative fields and would like to donate your time, please contact

FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP Young Pioneer Disaster Response got its start as a crowd-sourced campaign. By utilizing the funds of private sponsors, YPDR was able to mobilize rapidly and achieve demonstrable results in a short time frame. In order to keep this momentum going, we need your support.


$100 USD will build and deploy 4 marine domes to rehabilitate the Visayan Sea reef life. $200 USD will support the income of a local employee for a month. $1,000 USD will sponsor a phase 3 storm-strengthened core houses for a family in need. $2,000 USD will cover the cost to repair a school’s water, sanitation, and facilities. .

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE Via Bank Transfer: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA (802) Westport Main St. Branch 468 Westport, CT 06880 ABA# (same as Routing/IBAN) 021 100 361 A/C# 573 659 161 SWIFT code: CHASUS33 Account Name: YPDR America Inc. Ref: (Donor’s Name) Via PayPal:


Young Pioneer Disaster Response c/o Nick Brown Playa Estrella, Barangay Pooc, Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines 6047


// P A R T N E R S H I P S YPDR works in cooperation with local governments and in conjunction with a number of other NGO’s and relief agencies in an effort to provide the most comprehensive recover effort available in the disaster response arena.

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