San Maneul Tribal Offices, near San Bernardino, California
SAN MANUEL INDIAN RESERVATION – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, based near San Bernardino, California, has donated a total of $1 million to help the people of the Philippines in the catastrophic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, known there as Typhoon Yolanda.
The typhoon hit the Philippines during the first week of November. The deadly storm left almost 4,000 people dead and countless homeless.
The recipients of this generous donation are the American Red Cross and International Medical Corps. Each organization will receive $500,000 to assist with the humanitarian aid efforts.
“A fundamental belief among Native people is caring for the welfare and well-being of people around the world. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians supports this belief and acts accordingly when calls for help come from around the world,” said San Manuel Chairperson Carla Rodriguez. “We are pleased to support the work of the International Medical Corps and the American Red Cross as they deploy their professional staff and resources to assist the people of the Philippines. We pray for their quick and full recovery.”
The Category 5 typhoon left widespread devastation, affecting 11.3 million people, including 673,000 that are displaced. Funds from San Manuel will support the global response to Typhoon Haiyan. Half of the tribe’s $1 million donation will be used for an immediate response from The American Red Cross to distribute relief items, repair and rebuild shelters, provide healthcare and ensure access to clean water and sanitation systems.
The other half of San Manuel’s donation will allow the International Medical Corps to recruit local medical volunteers to staff mobile medical units (MMUs) in and around the hardest hit areas. Through the MMUs, International Medical Corps will deliver health care services, with a special emphasis on child and maternal health; nutrition monitoring; medication; clean water; hygiene awareness and promotion; and psychosocial support and training for frontline health care workers.
San Manuel’s support will address both the short- and long-term needs of people affected by the storm. There is projected to be a high risk of maternal and neo-natal morbidity and mortality as many health facilities and birthing clinics have been destroyed or significantly damaged.
Approximately 8,000 births are expected in the first month alone. Support from San Manuel to the International Medical Corps will allow the relief organization to rapidly increase health services to meet the growing humanitarian needs.
The San Manuel Tribe is a federally recognized tribe and has contributed more than $70 million to charities since 2001. Through partnerships with charitable organizations and community groups, San Manuel honors the ancestral Serrano value of sharing with others.