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Christopher White, Founder of Young Pioneer Disaster Response

Dear YPDR Friends and Sponsors, I’m writing to you from Bantayan Island, an area of the Philippines that has endured unimaginable devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. This is a part of the world I have come to know and care for over the years, so when the storm hit, my colleague, Joseph Ferris III, 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 intensely organized relief and construction operation. We have a team of qualified construction, engineering, medical, and security experts already involved, hundreds more committed to joining the team, and a numerous other 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 shipping containers to withstand future storms and provide shelter for the entire island when the 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 508 of which have already been built. We are also committed to providing water and sanitation rehabilitation, hygiene promotion, 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 those 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 form of contributing will not be taken for granted. We are absolutely open to discuss ways to implement you or your brand into our endeavor 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 very much open to collaborate in any way you think you can be of most helpful. We truly appreciate your time and hope that you find this endeavor as meaningful as we do. I look forward to hearing from you. With gratitude, Christopher White

WHO WE ARE HISTORY Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR) started with the idea that the collective action of dedicated individuals, each utilizing their own skills to their maximum potential, can affect great 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 like North Korea and Burma for an extreme travel company when they heard about the devastation caused to the Philippines by Typhoon Yolanda, while Mayer was doing logistical work with the same company, and Murray was filming a documentary in China. White, who 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 need lend a helping hand in any way they could. After assembling a skilled team of likeminded people, fundraising through crowdfunding websites, and recruiting an international volunteer workforce, the three headed to Bantayan Island with the intention of rebuilding schools. Upon hitting the ground, they quickly realized that short-term solutions would be ineffective in addressing the major problems faced by the people of Bantayan Island as the result of the typhoon. YPDR has committed to a 3 year operation on Bantayan Island in order to facilitate the implementation of long-term solutions designed to empower and



YPDR strives to ensure that safety, environmental protection, and professional management practices govern our operational programs and procedures as we work to achieve our goals: provide the Island of Bantayan with storm-strengthened shelter and safe and sustainable classrooms, rejuvenate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, manage environmental and economic initiatives, provide training and responsible employment to local residents, and coordinate logistical support with the international aid community in their Typhoon Yolanda response effort.

Young Pioneer Disaster Response recognizes that we are guests on the island of Bantayan; respect for the island, its people, and customs is a foremost priority. YPDR aims to work in conjunction with the local community and local governments to forge a sustainable future for the people of Bantayan. In addition, Young Pioneer Disaster Response has adopted the vision of the island’s development into a sustainable ecotourism and agritourism center in the Central Visayas with a focus on community building, transparency and responsible leadership.

PROGRAMS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS HOUSING PROGRAM Overview In partnership with PolishHumanitarian Action, YPDR is building 1200 storm-strengthened core shelters for families in need.

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Built 6 model homes in Barangay Sungko, Barangay Kabangbang, Barangay Baigad, Barangay Sillon, Barangay Kang-Kaibe, and Barangay Suba with the help of local carpenters. 508 homes have been built thus far. Distributed materials for 890 homes. Trained 86 local carpenters in storm-strengthening construction techniques. Interviewed 325 people in need of homes in the list of beneficiaries.

Quality Commitment YPDR and our partner organization Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) are committed to providing long-term sustainable solutions to the shelter crisis faced by those whose homes were destroyed as a result of Typhoon Yolanda. Utilizing structural improvements designed by YPDR’s team of UK based architects, YPDR and PAH are working to build core structures strong enough to withstand the force of another natural disaster while providing homes to as many families as possible.

Livelihood initiative YPDR recognizes the value of economic opportunity in empowering the local community and giving families the tools they need to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda. As a result, YPDR makes every effort to employ local workers for all applicable jobs and provide job training to local residents in order to help them hone skills that will make them competitive in the job maket..


School Rehabilitation Program Overview YPDR is working to rebuild schools on Bantayan Island by clearing debris, re-roofing classrooms, repairing electricity and using storm resistant shipping containers to replace completely damaged classrooms.

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Returned 10 classrooms to operational status at Santa Fe High School , Santa Fe Elementary School, Guiwanon Elementary School, and Sungko Elementary School Re-commissioned 2 wells in Santa Fe Elementary School. Reconstructed the canteen at Santa Fe Elementary. Removed 4 hazardous structures from Santa Fe Elementary and Santa Fe High School. Constructed two 18.58 sq. meter gardens at Santa Fe High School. Painted 10 classrooms in Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Elementary School, and Guiwanon Elementary School. Removed over 100 truckloads of debris, in excess of 50 tons, from Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Elementary. Removed 13 damaged trees from Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Elementary. Built new hollow block wall and rehabilitated an educational garden at Sungko Elementary.

PROGRAMS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Overview YPDR recognizes the vital importance of proper water and sanitation facilities coupled with hygiene promotion in preventing illness and keeping the people of Bantayan Island and surrounding islets healthy and safe.

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Repaired 1 hand washing station in Santa Fe Elementary School and 1 hand washing station in Guiwanon Elementary School. Restored the water supply to Santa Fe High School. Returned 21 toilets to operational status at Santa Fe High School. Conducted a hygiene promotion session and performed educational puppet show on hygiene for over 5,500 children in the municipalities of Santa Fe, Madridejos, and Bantayan. Provided hand soap for all wash stations at Santa Fe High School. Conducted damage assessments of the water supply and toilet facilities at 24 schools on Bantayan Island. 5,500 bars of soap have been distributed to students and families.

Joint medical Missions Overview YPDR facilitates joint medical missions with our partner organization SAMU .

Accomplishments Treated over 1,987 patients in 14 barangays.

PROGRAMS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM Overview YPDR provides logistical support for the distribution of relief goods furnished by other NGOs.

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Distributed and delivered 1500 bags of rice (37,500 kg), 700 sanitation kits , and 3000 water kits to local families in collaboration with Malteser International. Delivered a truckload of school supplies, 45 tents and 25 temporary shelter kits in conjunction with Malteser International. Transported 150 emergency shelter kits together with UNHCR . Unloaded a shipment of rice from the World Food Programme in collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Overview YPDR is dedicated to enriching the communities of Bantayan Island by providing educational programs for local children.

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Performed an educational puppet show for 3500 children in the municipalities of Bantayan, Madridejos, and Santa Fe. Organized four beach cleanups where we picked up rubbish while teaching children the importance of keeping their beaches clean. Hosted an art program for over 100 children in conjunction with 24 Project. Built and repaired homes for 4 local support staff. Installed wifi in the municipality office for local government use and the municipal gym for use by NGOs. Implemented neighborhood debris cleanup program.



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 and other staff trained in maritime evacuations.

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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. Evacuated 300 people from a stranded ferry off the coast of Bantayan Island. Provided safe transport in YPDR vehicles for 4 children to Cebu for emergency medical treatment funded by YPDR donors.


Volunteer The backbone of YPDR is its dedicated workforce of over 100 international volunteers representing 24 countries. If you have a background in construction, architecture, engineering, medicine, media, fundraising, or other relevant 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. Contributions in Perspective $650-750 USD will sponsor a phase 3 storm-strengthened core house for a family in need. $1,000 USD is enough to sponsor reroofing and rehabilitation of several damaged classrooms. $2,000 USD is enough to repair a school’s water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.

How To Contribute Via Bank Transfer: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA (802) Westport Main St. Branch 468 Westport, CT 06880 ABA# 021 100 361 A/C# 573 659 161 SWIFT code: CHASUS33 Account Name: YPDR America Inc. Ref: (Donor’s Name) Via PayPal: Supply Donations F. Roska Street Barangay Talisay, Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines 6007

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Partnership YPDR works in cooperation with local government and in conjunction with a number of other NGOs and relief agencies in order to provide the most comprehensive response effort.

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