In Yolanda’s wake: VFV’s Director reflects

A year on from history’s worst recorded storm, VFV Director of Operations Helena Claire A. Canayong looks back on VFV’s work rehabilitating the communities ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. The 35-year-old mother of two was forced to take her family and swim to higher ground when Yolanda struck in November last year. “My husband and I

Making a difference around the globe

There are a growing number of ‘volunteer travellers’ — globetrotters taking the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge and help a community in need while abroad. For New Zealand volunteer, Hugh Johnstone, his time with VFV is the second stop on a 13-month-long trip volunteering around the world. Hugh’s desire to see the world

A safe new home for sponsor kid Melanie

Sponsor child, Melanie Maceda can now enjoy the safety and comfort of a new house thanks to Children Incorporated (CI) and VFV’s Build-A-Home project. Melanie and her five family members became homeless when Typhoon Yolanda flattened their neighbourhood last year. For the last ten months they have been camping on the foundation of their Mahayahay

Changing the Face of Canggumbang

Barangay Canggumbang in the rural town of Palo, Leyte has for a long time been an important area of focus for staff and volunteers at Volunteer for the Visayans. Over the years, the small rural barangay has been the recipient of a number of VFV Projects and Programs ranging from volunteer assistance at the local Elementary School to the distribution of school supplies through the Adopt-A-School Project and the provision of social welfare support to a number of children who are lucky enough to have been enrolled on VFV’s Child Sponsorship Program.