Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): How to Help Those Affected

Dubai girl among those helping devastated country and you can too
BySarah Swain
,Nazia Khan
Sunday , 17 November 2013
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): How to Help Those Affected

A British expat from Dubai is heading to help victims of the devestating typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Phillipines and we're sharing how you can help right here in the UAE. 

Lisa Kingsley, 31, is taking time off from her job in property to go to the Aklan province along with other volunteers. Lisa said, "One of the biggest workforces out here are Fillipino and I've got a lot of contacts in the Phillipines and I feel comfortable about going. You sit and think 'Oh it's so sad', and then what? I want to make sure the money that people are donating is reaching the source."

Lisa, who runs a charity group called Basics UAE, isn't going to the worst affected area, Tacloban, but she says Aklan has had about 1000 deaths and all its evacuation centres are full. "It's still pretty bad" she added.

Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest ever recorded and has killed an estimated 10,000 people but affected up to 11million. The UAE has donated $10million to help.


*ZIN Dubai will be collecting donations of used clothing, canned goods, blankets and personal hygiene products at Al Areesh Club, Al Badia, Dubai Festival City as part of the Zumbathon Charity Event on Friday 29 November from 4pm to6.30pm. Tickets Dhs80, with proceeds going to Emirates Red Crescent. Contact Emar on 056 734 4907,, and  

*If you would like to donate cash that will be used to buy basic items such as water and food via an aid agency for the victims, email Lisa or visit Visit 

*LBC Express is a courier company in Dubai who have set up the LBC Foundation that is sending and distributing donated items to the victims in the Philippines, and

*Donate to Bronzi for Haiyan (Yolanda)

*Blogger Pinayflyinghigh has organised Fiesta for a Cause at Rosso Amore Restaurant in Business Bay on Friday 22 November 2013. The buffet Filipino lunch (11am to 4pm) or dinner (6pm to midnight) is priced at Dhs60 per person (children below 5 eat for free), with proceeds going to World Vision Philippines. Contact Pinayflyinghigh or Amore on 04 456 4363/ 055 289 1931/ 055 258 6041 to buy your tickets in advance or buy at the venue on the day of the fiesta.  

*Drop-off of relief goods and donations as well as a buffet dinner, entertainment from the SOS choir and Final Watch band has been arranged at Al Reef Tower 1, Party Hall, Al Nahda, Sharjah, on Friday 22 November, organising team is working with Dalaw Kalinga Foundation

*You can also donate through

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