Green Right Now Reports

You’re poised to shop this holiday season, why not lend a hand to craftspeople and artisans in the Philippines?

It was just over a week ago that thousands were left homeless and grieving after Typhoon Haiyan strafed the islands, centering its wrath on the town of Tacloban, which was virtually wiped out. Nearly 4,000 people have been confirmed killed in the disaster, with 1,500 people still missing. Rescuers remain hard at work, attending to refugees and searching for bodies.

You can donate directly to disaster relief at  the Red Cross and to the UN World Food Programme (donate online or text “AID” to 27722 to donate $10).

The Fair Trade importer Ten Thousand Villages also suggests you can help the Pacific Ocean nation by purchasing Filipino hand goods this holiday season.

Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit with 390 stores in the U.S. as well as several in Canada, imports crafts from coops and artisans around the world. It aims to pay a fair price, support small enterprises and sustainable practices.

Here are just a few items from the Philippines available online at Ten Thousand Villages. Find more items made in the Philippines here.

Filipino goods - necklace made of Capiz, shell, TTVillages

Jubilee Capiz Necklace made with capiz, formed from native shells. $29