Pharrell Williams – Happy, YPDR Typhoon Haiyan

The YPDR effort in the Philippines continues, we recently received our official non-profit status and are finalizing some BIG contracts to continue our work building houses and repairing schools on Bantayan Island.

The people of Bantayan Island are happy but they still need your help. Support Young Pioneer Disaster Response in building storm-strengthened shelters, rehabilitating schools, repairing water and sanitation facilities, and providing hygiene education, community outreach, joint medical missions and emergency response programs.

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ABA# 021 100 361
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Account Name: YPDR America Inc.
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YPDR Month #1

Fellow YPDR co-founder showing off our operations – I missed the limelight, was up in DPRK for New Year’s, but now back in the Philippines.

The YPDR team has been on Bantayan Island for 28 days doing what most said was impossible. We have shown ourselves and the world a new way of responding to a crisis like this. Our methods and work ethic have not gone unnoticed. I am pleased to announce that as of to day YPDR has been asked to partner with one of the largest NGOs in the world. They will provide large scale funding, equipment, supplies, personal and resources to our team. We will systematically rebuild new schools, homes, a much needed waste management program, and public latrines while rebuilding an economy focused on ecotourism.

This has been one of the the proudest moments of my life. I want to thank the entire YPDR team, including our donors and people back home raising awareness of what we are doing.

Now we get to help rebuild and island and the lives of 150,000 of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of working for!!!!!

As I now work in a Philippines disaster zone with limited internet, I will be stepping back from my DPRK activities. Please direct all inquiries to



Young Pioneer Disaster Response – Cebu

The YPT disaster response team has finally arrived in Cebu after ferry delays and a 24 hour sailing from Manila. Initial challenges, such as loading and unloading the ship (including a very heavy generator), securing gear, and setting security were met by our volunteers with enthusiasm.

This afternoon we commandeered the ship’s conference room and laid out our short term plan for our 24 hour stay in Cebu and our move to the Bantayan base camp on the 7th of December. We will meet up with more volunteers joining our group tomorrow in Cebu, as well as procure more construction equipment. We bought all the hard to find gear in Manila, in Cebu we will pick up shovels, hammers, and cooking gear.

Our short term goal is to repair 5 island schools damaged by Typhoon Yolanda, but once the schools are built we want to continue our focus on the island, developing long term disaster preparedness facilities and training, as well as get the local economy back on its feat by developing responsible tourism.

As always we need your donations to keep this project rolling!


Getting ready to move the generator.


Ferry to Cebu.


Grab a box! Hanging at the ferry terminal.


Planning conference on the ferry ride to Cebu.


Planning conference on the ferry ride to Cebu.


Passing Bantayan Island, site of our relief efforts.


Passing Bantayan Island, site of our relief efforts.

Young Pioneer Tours Disaster Response Team – Day 1


15 volunteers for Young Pioneer Tours’ Typhoon Yolanda Bantayan Island disaster response project are currently in Manila, staging supplies, and preparing to board the overnight ferry to Cebu.

Yesterday we bought a generator and brought military solar panels through Manila airport customs. In Cebu we have 75 volunteers traveling to our base on Bantayan Island to camp out and work on our project goal to rebuild 5 schools and get kids back into classrooms after Christmas.

We have raised over 15,000 USD and need to keep the money rolling in! Donations to our 2nd fundraising campaign can be made at the following link:

I will be blogging the project on a daily basis and sharing photos here; being a blog primarily based on North Korea I hope people don’t mind.

YPT Typhoon Yolanda Relief – Indiegogo

Please support our Indiegogo fundraising for Philippines disaster relief. We are looking at increasing our project to two months on the ground.


Young Pioneer Tours – Philippines Disaster Relief Team Update

In 24 hours this has gone from an idea to a full on relief operation. We are begin asked to step up larger than we ever imagined 24hr ago, to help rebuild lives.

Here is the update – our team will be meeting in Manila on the 3rd of Dec, where we will picking up gear and supplies. On the 5th we will head to a rental house in Cebu. We will use this house as our operations center and staging area for our forward base camp. We will deploy a self-sufficient base camp on a nearby island. (Ground Zero!!) We will be rebuild the homes for hundreds of families that have lost everything.

We have had some amazing people step up and donate already! 12 people have committed to join us on the ground in our efforts. But guys this is not enough we need funding!!! We need tools, tents, lights, medical supplies, food and water, money for shipping this gear to our work site. The larger our team gets the more we can do to help. But we need more donations!!! If we all work together we can really make a difference.

We know not everyone can stop what they are doing to join us, but you can donate to our efforts or help us spread the word to people that can donate. We are not some charity operation with red tape, this money will go straight to the relief efforts. I will have an update again in the next 24hrs.

Big thanks for the support of our friends, family, customers and the YPT team, we can’t do this without you guys.

Chris White, Capt. Joseph Ferris & Team
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