About the community
The Aetas of Yangil are an indigenous Filipino tribe residing in a small village surrounded by mountains and rivers in San Felipe, Zambales.
There are around 40 families in the village.
Their land was denuded by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, making them especially vulnerable to floods. Their village is around 6km away from the nearest main road, allowing them little access to basic needs.
Why do they need help?
Heavy rains for the last 4 weeks (5 tropical depressions) in the area have flooded the area around the community, destroyed crops, and has made accessibility to the village even worse - they can either swim to cross the rivers if they take their usual route or opt to take a much safer way through the mountains, but it will take them around 4 hours of travel time.
The community is now challenged to purchase food or medicine because they have not been able to work for a month. With dwindling resources and bad weather, they need our help.
What do they need?
The most immediate concern is to provide the community with food and medicine. Once the rains have stopped and the floods have subsided, it will be critical to help the community rebuild its crops through seeds and repair the village plant nursery.
How can I help?
We are accepting cash donations that will be used to purchase food and medicine for the tribe. Any amount is welcome. Below are sample amounts and what they can purchase -
P200 - vegetables for one family
P250 - rice for one family
P300 - canned goods for one family
P500 - medicine for those in need
P1250 - complete set of food and necessary medicines for one family
*Supplies are good for one week
What is MAD Travel and how is it related to the Aetas of Yangil?
MAD Travel is a sustainable and social tourism company that creates travel experiences with marginalised communities. The Aetas of Yangil are one of our partner communities.
The Tribes & Treks Program is a collaboration with our on-ground partner, The Circle Hostel, the LGU of San Felipe, the Provincial Government of Zambales and the National Commission on Indigenous People.
If you wish to donate via BPI, here are our bank details:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Bank Account Name: Make A Difference For Social Tourism Inc.
Bank Account Number: 0241-0307-84
Branch Code Number: 0024
Bank Code: 010040018
Bank Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Please add HelpYangil in the description of your transaction. Thank you very much!