Medical and Solidarity Mission to the Philippines: Sept. 3 - 13, 2017

(L to R) NYSNA RNs Linda Benoit, Mireille Leroy, and Nella Pineda-Marcon.

The Philippines was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people. In January, 2014, bodies were still being recovered, massive agricultural and infrastructure damage is still visible today. It displaced more than four million people and destroyed more than one million homes. NYSNA responded, by publicizing fundraising efforts of members in one of the first and largest medical and relief missions to the hardest hit areas. More than 250 NYSNA nurses have volunteered through RNRN, a project of National Nurses United that coordinates sending volunteer RNs to disaster-stricken areas. NYSNA RNs Nella Pineda-Marcon and Linda Benoit, RNs at Mt. Sinai, and Mireille Leroy, RN at Lincoln Hospital, were three of the first responders who volunteered in 2013… read more about their mission in this article from New York Nurse.

Another medical and solidarity mission, led by NYSNA Board Member Nella Pineda-Marcon, RN, plans to return to the Philippines this September, visiting areas hardest hit by the typhoon as well as to Caraga, a region recently hit by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Find out more by using this convenient online form.

We will be working closely with two Philippines-based healthcare organizations who are the sponsors for this mission—the Filipino Nurses United and the Alliance of Health Workers, the union of healthcare workers in the Philippines. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is the U.S. fiscal sponsor. We must raise $2,000 per volunteer to cover the costs of this mission. Your donations towards our medical mission are tax-deductible.

Make a contribution to this important mission today. Your donation will go to providing much-needed medicine, medical supplies, medical consultations, and the transportation and accommodation of volunteers.

You can also make a donation by writing a check payable to "Church of St. Francis of Assisi" and writing on the memo line: "Migrant Center/PH Medical Mission." Mail to:


Church of St. Francis of Assisi
c/o Fr. Julian Jagudilla, Migrant Center Executive Director
135 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

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