Help Tyhphoon Victims

In light of the tragedy that has struck the Philippines, affecting over nine million people in the country,  Ten Thousand Villages has joined together with  the leading Fair Trade organization and TODAY NOV. 20th  they will contribute 10% of  today’s sales (not income, but actual sales) from their website and participating stores to a Typhoon Haiyan Response effort, which is funding urgent food and non-food items and planning long-term assistance as communities recover and rebuild.   You can help TODAY.

For 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. The commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. As the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has deliberately married the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social sustainability.  To view the collection of Ten Thousand Villages’ items made in the Philippines, please visit this link:

Here are the latest casualty figures and damage reports from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, according to the national crisis management agency.

— National: 3,976 confirmed deaths, 1,598 missing and 18,175 injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

— Eastern Visayas region covering the islands of Leyte and Samar: 3,725 dead, 17,821 injured and 1,574 missing. Widespread severe damage. Tacloban, Leyte’s main city with a population of 220,000, lies in ruins. Communications, transport cut in many areas.

— Western Visayas region: 161 dead, 228 injured, 19 missing.

— Central Visayas region, which includes Cebu: 74 dead, 102 injured and 5 missing.

— Other regions: 16 dead, 24 injured.

Your purchases can help.

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