The Helping Hands Philippines

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The purpose and vision of The Helping Hands Philippines is to improve the health of all typhoon survivors in Tacloban City, and help promote resilience to any future disasters that may affect this region of the world. We believe in strengthening already-existing health care systems, and working with local communities and institutions to find long-term solutions to the health care dilemmas highlighted by super typhoon Haiyan.


In order to achieve our vision, the Helping Hands Philippines is involved in three main activities:

  • Training local community health workers​
  • The provision of regular health education sessions to each community
  • A free annual medical clinic run by Canadian doctors/nurses and Filipino nurses/volunteers in tandem with the Suhi Rural Health Centre


Eventually, we want to have our trained community health workers in every typhoon survivor community in Tacloban City, and possibly throughout the Philippines. 



Our official charitable purposes are:

1. To promote health among impoverished and displaced survivors of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda living in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines through:

a. the provision of free annual general medical clinics, and

b. the training of local community health workers who will provide ongoing, sustainable basic medical advice/care in between annual clinics.

2. To advance health education among impoverished and displaced survivors of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines through: 

a. the provision of free annual health education sessions, and

b. the training of local community health workers who will provide ongoing, sustainable health education in between annual education sessions.

Our Purpose & Vision

One of our community health workers, RubieLyn Chu, with the Helping Hands Philippines patient charts