An important part of the Challenge is the Outreach Program, which provides an opportunity for sailors to give back to the communities that the race will pass.
It is an aspect of the Challege that has continually grown throught the years, and the PHC14 is slated to become even bigger as partnerships with solar light foundations REEF and STIFTUNG SOLARENGERGIE have been confirmed.
It is also going to be more meaningful, as the beneficiaries will be the communities in Malapascua, Bantayan, Gigantes, and Lakawon Islands, which were all ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. These “after” photos are from Edmund James Porter and Rappler.com (you may click them for their full galleries).
The Outreach Program will give the following aid to the beneficiaries:
SOLAR LAMPS– WIth the typhoon having destroyed these people’s homes and power lines, it is uncertain as to when common modern conveniences like household lights can be restored. They are islands that may take the backseat to bigger cities that are also in need of restoration (like Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte). Different types of lamps will be given which may be used for their homes and/or livelihood (on boats, when they are able to return to fishing).
EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES– Schools, which had served as evacuation centers in times of typhoons, were also destroyed. Giving children these materials will help them continue learning and cope with disaster-induced trauma.
To get a clearer idea of how the situation in one school is now, kindly click on this article: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/529113/bantayan-roofless-classroom
MEDICAL SUPPLIES– Even prior to the disaster, provincial health centers all over the country have already been in need and in much appreciation of medical supply donations. These contributions will greatly help community health centers to provide for basic health needs and first aid treatments.
About our partner foundations
REEF is Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation, a California based 501(c)(3), a USA designated public charity uses renewable energy technologies to alleviate poverty. Their approach addresses poverty at three separate points of the culture’s social structure: impoverished families (Family First Program); poor communities (GREEN communities); and, renewable energy careers for future professionals in the post-secondary university and government career development systems (LEADS program). You may visit their site here.
STIFTUNG SOLARENGERGIE is engaged in long-term, sustainable programs to alleviate poverty in developing countries by promoting the use of renewable sources of energy, above all solar power. They recognize that energy must be addressed first as a prerequisite for education, healthcare and development. You may visit their site here.
If you would like to donate to the PHC14’s Outreach Program, we have put up this secure PayPal facility for your convenience. Just enter the amount you like. We will give you a documentation report of how your donation reached the beneficiaries.