photo of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation's Adopt-a-Fisherman project

Partners and Friends in HOPE building, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation has launched the ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN project to support and help Yolanda (Haiyan) affected communities. Help us help them recover their livelihood after the disaster by providing boats so they can go fishing again, support their families, and send their kids back to school.

The cost of a self-paddled boat ranges from Php8,000 to Php15,000 ($200- $350) depending on the community.

A motorized boat costs between Php20,000 to Php30,000 ($470 – $800).

US Efforts:

San Francisco – http://sfprojectyellowboat.com/about/

Media Coverage:

ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) – http://anc.yahoo.com/video/helping-fishing-communities-help-themselves-094609375.html

PTV4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjnTRm2dT4I

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You may also find it here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/yellow-boat-of-hope-foundation/adopt-a-fisherman-faq-guide/557306834357020

1. Is this a new Yellow Boat of Hope project?

No. We embarked on the Adopt-A-Fisherman project right after TYPHOON PABLO at DAVAO ORIENTAL. We started in February 2012 and helped over one hundred sixty (160) families from Kinablangan, San Victor, Ban-ao, BayBay, and Cateel with our donation of yellow boats. Aside from livelihood use, these boats also bring kids to and from school.

2. Why Adopt-A-Fisherman?

Most of the fishermen in Central Visayas lost their boats due to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation decided to help them by providing boats for livelihood so they can go back to earning a living for their families and send their children back to school.

3. What can we donate?

You can choose to donate either a self-paddled boat or a motorized boat.

The cost of a self-paddled boat ranges from Php8,000 to Php15,000 ($200- $350). A motorized boat costs between Php20,000 to Php30,000 ($470 – $800) depending on the location of the community.

4. How do we donate?

You can send donations through PayPal or any major credit cards by clicking the donate button at http://www.yellowboat.org/.

You may also deposit to the following banks accounts:

Peso Account
Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Banco de Oro – Mayor Jaldon Branch Zamboanga City
S/A no. 003170134579
BDO swift code BNORPHMM

Dollar Account
Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Banco de Oro – Mayor Jaldon Branch Zamboanga City
Account No. 103170148588
BDO swift code BNORPHMM

Note: After making a deposit, please email a jpeg file or scanned copy of the deposit slip to captain[at]yellowboat.org or jay[at]yellowboat.org so we can take note and acknowledge receipt of your donation.

5. Can we name the boat we donated?

Yes. All the boats will also carry the words “Bagong Pag-asa” on one side which means “New Hope.”

6. Please explain the price range difference of boats. What do you mean by “depending on the location of the community?”

The total cost of building a boat varies in different communities depending on the materials used, its availability, and the cost of labor. Also, because some of the communities are located in remote islands, boats have to be shipped, thereby incurring additional costs.

This project covers a very wide area devastated by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Central Visayas – Northern Cebu, Leyte/Samar, Iloilo/Panay, and Palawan.

In severely affected areas where there is shortage of fuel, self-paddled boats are needed. However, in open-sea communities where waves are very high, motorized boats are preferred.

7. How do I know what boats are needed in particular areas? Have you identified the communities and their needs?

Although our coordinators have already identified some communities, as of the moment we are still completing our data gathering on the list of ALL affected areas and their specific needs. We are also currently in the process of finding local boat-builders in or closest to the affected areas to lessen the costs and contribute to the local economy.

If you wish to donate a boat to a specific area, kindly indicate in your email so we can act accordingly. Otherwise, you may choose to donate either a self-paddled boat or a motorized boat and we will surely get them to the most affected communities.

8. How long will it take to make the boats?

In our experience, it takes about 2 weeks to 2 months to finish a boat depending on the competence and skills of the local boat builders that we will be working with and the availability of the materials in the area. One of the reasons why we work with local boat builders is that we also want to provide them livelihood and jumpstart this part of the economy.

9. How do we go about identifying the recipients and other procedures?

We work with trusted individuals and NGOs on the ground as coordinators of the project who identify recipients based on our selection criteria.

10. Are there any added costs like delivery?

Yes. There is delivery cost especially if the materials used are from another location or if the boats have to be shipped to remote islands. This cost is already included in the estimate mentioned above.

11. How do I know if the boat has already been given to a fisherman?

You can “like” our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/YellowBoat to check on the progress of the project. We upload all pictures of donated boats after every turnover to the communities. You can also email us at captain[at]yellowboat.org or jay[at]yellowboat.org.

12. How else can I help?

a) Spread the word about our project through Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels by clicking SHARE after reading this. If you have friends in media, you may also suggest that they feature the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation’s Adopt-A-Fisherman project.

b) Recruit family, friends, classmates, and colleagues to raise funds for more boats. Little things can make a big difference.

c) Volunteer to lead a Yellow Boat of Hope chapter for our Adopt-A-Fisherman project in your area. You can email us at captain[at]yellowboat.org with your contact details, profile and organization if any.

d) Suggest areas where fishermen need boats. You can email us at captain[at]yellowboat.org.

e) You may send donations through PayPal or any major credit card by clicking the donate button at http://www.yellowboat.org/.

You may also deposit to the following banks accounts:

Peso Account
Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Banco de Oro – Mayor Jaldon Branch Zamboanga City
S/A no. 003170134579
BDO swift code BNORPHMM

Dollar Account
Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Banco de Oro – Mayor Jaldon Branch Zamboanga City
Account No. 103170148588
BDO swift code BNORPHMM

Note: After making a deposit, please email a jpeg file or scanned copy of the deposit slip to captain[at]yellowboat.org or jay[at]yellowboat.org so we can take note and acknowledge the receipt of your donation.

13. Why are the boats colored yellow?

The Yellow Boat Of Hope Foundation started by giving boats to children who used to swim to go to school. With the boats, they don’t have to swim to and from school anymore. We adopted the color concept of the school bus, since the boat is technically like a Yellow School Bus on water. Since then, yellow boats have been our trademark. From the single boat we provided to our first community, our simple movement known as the Philippine Funds For Little Kids transformed into an advocacy that continues to inspire the country, known as Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc. Today, we continue to grow as an organization with chapters here in the Philippines and abroad.

Our Operating Philosophy

“The great thing a little lamp can do which the big sun cannot do is to give light at night. It shows no one is superior by size but by purpose. If we cannot do great things, we can do small things in a great way. Little things make a big difference to God.”