Our Work

What we do

SAFER is a Shared Fund accessible by its three member networks that are Philippine leaders in Humanitarian Response. These three networks respond to different types of emergencies while SAFER raises funds through public and private fundraising to augment these responses. The networks or members of the networks can apply for funding support to SAFER and money is distributed transparently to the most deserving and high-impact application. To ensure accountability, SAFER administers the grant distribution and provide third-party verification which shall be reported back to donors.

The Quick Response Fund (QRF) is one of the two mechanisms of SAFER. It is used to provide funds quickly to responding organizations while a Public Appeal is organized to replenish the QRF and raise money for larger and more long-term responses.

During non-emergency times, SAFER’s fundraising efforts are focused in building the QRF for readiness and preparedness. The future responses funded by QRF include:

  • Distribution of Water and Hygiene Kits providing families with 1 month of safe water and hygiene essentials (Php 3,000 per family)
  • Emergency Shelter (i.e. tarpaulins, ropes, etc.) to provide temporary relief from the natural elements (Php1,500 per family)
  • Basic Survival with Dignity Grants (Php2,500 per family)

As of date, SAFER has funded two responses during Typhoon Ompong (2018) and Typhoon Unman (2019) that provided 80 families hit by the disasters Php2,500 each. This allowed the beneficiaries to have the flexibility and purchasing power to meet their personal immediate basic needs.

By donating money through SAFER, donors are assured that there would be a responding organization in the site of any major and even minor disaster. This is because of the wide geographic spread of SAFER’s networks. A higher percentage of funds raised through SAFER will also go to direct assistance, as administrative costs are already accounted for. SAFER also provides visibility to donor institutions by recognising their contributions through its implementing partners.

As a donor individual or institution, your involvement in the start up of SAFER will contribute to localization of the emergency funding situation for Humanitarian Organizations in the Philippines. With our funding model where funds are raised locally, SAFER assures donors high levels of transparency and accountability that is not currently available to the general public.

How we work

SAFER provides an efficient and localized funding mechanism for credible NGOs. Through SAFER’s revolving fund called the Quick Response Fund (QRF), local NGOs have access to augmentation funds to support their ongoing responses. SAFER targets to respond to small- and medium-scale disasters that are often neglected by media or big organizations.

When an emergency occurs, any member organization may request to launch an appeal based on the needs identified. SAFER member networks convene and decide whether to launch “appeal plan” to spread awareness and raise funds for the affected communities.

The appeal plan is intended to mobilize public support and action on the emergency, and is carried out with partner institutions that provide support in various areas of fundraising.

The funds raised are then immediately channeled to SAFER member networks and NGOs that are present in the local communities, enabling them to quickly respond to emergencies and provide relief to those who need it most.

Where does the Quick Response Fund go?

Emergency Shelter
Emergency shelters are not only necessary for survival in humanitarian emergencies, but also in the preservation of privacy and human dignity.

We improve access to shelters by providing tents or materials to repair damaged houses or to build and arrange emergency-, transitional- and durable housing.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
WASH saves lives in emergency situations and helps people normalize into their daily activities. Aside from promoting good hygiene, it involves providing access to clean drinking water and reducing risks so that affected communities live with good health, comfort, and dignity.

We engage the community from the household level and coordinate with local government units to ensure that WASH interventions are sustainable.

Food Relief
In times of humanitarian crises- typhoons, drought, or armed conflict- food shortage becomes a pressing matter. Aside from delivering food assistance, the provision of food relief also ensures that the food provided to beneficiaries is nutritionally sufficient, context-specific, and meets the minimum energy requirement for survival.

We ensure that rations are adequate and that needs of vulnerable subgroups like pregnant women, children, and the elderly are given special attention. Our priority is to distribute food kits in a timely and cost-effective manner to those who need it most.

Camp Management
Disasters and catastrophes have forced people to flee their homes and stay in evacuation centers. Camp management aims to raise the standard of living in the camp by ensuring that assistance and protection programs are aligned to internationally agreed laws to enable the camp population to have access to their basic human rights.
Pledge your support

When you make a pledge you commit to support SAFER's projects in the future. Once we activate a fundraising campaign, we will remind you of your pledge by email.

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Get in touch

Address: 146-B B. Gonzales St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 1108 Philippines

Landline: +632 920-2595,
435-6616, 920-9310

Fax: +632 920-2595 loc. 101

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