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Young Pioneer Tours is organizing a relief effort in the Philippines to help a small island near Cebu City rebuild in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.
Christopher P White Young Pioneer Disaster Response
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Cebu City
1 Team Member

Update 28.11.13 (American Thanksgiving!):

Thanks to the outpouring of support we've received from all of you, we are RELAUNCHING our campaign and EXPANDING our efforts. We are now going to rebuild ALL FIVE SCHOOLS ON BANTAYAN ISLAND!!!


Please help us spread the word about this new campaign!!

We are very excited to make this new campaign a reality. If you wanted to give to this campaign, please give to our new one instead! 

Update 25.11.13:

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support! We have reached our goal... but with over 100 volunteers spread out over the next two months, we need to raise at least $10,000 MORE than our goal to ensure Bantayon Island's Santa Fe Elementary School will be open for business as soon as possible!

Please keep spreading the word about our campaign!

Update 24.11.13:

We are being swamped with volunteers. Almost 100 people have offered to come join us in the Philippines over the next two months! With this many volunteers, we need all the funds we can raise!

Also, check the attached files for our fundraising letter and for more photos of our worksite!

Update 20.11.13:

Recent press on our efforts:



Our Plan of Action

The Philippines just endured one of the worst storms on record. Typhoon Yolanda has absolutely devastated a vast area of the country. Young Pioneer Tours is organizing a month-long rebuilding effort to clean up and repair the Santa Fe Public Elementary School on Bantayon Island. If we have the manpower and the money we raise lasts, when we finish our work on that school, we'll move on to the other four schools on the island.

In two weeks, our numbers have grown from just 6 YPT employees to over 50 volunteers from all over the world!

Young Pioneer Tours, or YPT, is a budget tour company that has been offering affordable tours to numerous destinations all over the world for the past 6 years. YPT has led several trips to the Philippines and we, their employees, care deeply about the Philippines and the people affected by the Typhoon.

What We Need

We are raising money for a purely humanitarian effort. Your money will go towards:

    • Tools as needed;

    • Building equipment;

    • A small generator;

    • Food for our volunteers to prepare for the locals;

    • School supplies; and

    • Medical supplies.

Your donation will NOT go towards travel expenses or personal expenses. All YPT employees and volunteers will pay their own way to the Philippines.

We are a small organization but we are determined to make as significant an impact as we can with the manpower we have.

What You Get

For your donation, besides the feeling of satisfaction you should receive from helping those who need it, you can get (depending on your level of support):

  • Recognition on the YPT website for your contribution
  • A photo set of the work we do.
  • A framed before and after photo of the project.
  • A YPT disaster relief t-shirt
  • A 25% discount off a trip with YPT
  • Karma points. So many karma points.

The Impact

We are not a major charity organization, which has its perks. We have no red tape or overhead. Every person going to the Philippines will pay their own way there and pay for their own food and water while in the country, which means 100% of everything you give will go directly to help those affected by the Typhoon.

We have no way to know just how large an impact we will have, but we know it will be huge.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
  • Share this campaign with the Indiegogo share tools on Facebook, Twitter, and even Google+, if you actually use that.
  • If you have the time and the means, we would LOVE for you to come join us in the Philippines for our relief eft orts. If you are interested please contact msmayer8@gmail.com or chris@youngpioneertours.com.


Find This Campaign On
raised by 102 people in 16 days
173% funded
No time left
$6,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on November 29, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $20USD

    Be recognized by name on the YPT website.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    A Better Supporter

    Receive by email a photo set of the work you helped make possible, and be recognized on the YPT website.

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD
    Friend of the YPT

    A YPT disaster relief t-shirt, a photo set of the work done in the Philippines, and recognition on the YPT website.

    19 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Friend of the Philippines

    A framed before-and-after photo of the area YPT will have been working in, a YPT disaster relief t-shirt, a photo set of the work done in the Philippines, and recognition on the YPT website.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Best Friend of the Philippines

    A 25% discount off any future YPT tour, a personalized 'thank you' note from YPT staff on the ground, a framed before-and-after photo of the area YPT will have been working in, a YPT disaster relief t-shirt, a photo set of the work done in the Philippines, and recognition on the YPT website.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Angel Contributor

    There is no way we can think of to adequately thank you for your support at this level, but at the very least we would like to offer you a free trip with YPT in the future, the details of which we can discuss after this campaign and relief effort.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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