The Philippines, a country that made Axie Infinity so famous, has been the victim of a catastrophic super typhoon. On December 16, 2021, the typhoon rampaged for four long days after hitting landfall. People have been struggling to get on their feet after Covid-19, and being hit by a calamity set them back even more. The typhoon affected 334 cities and municipalities, leaving them in destruction. Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported over 4 million individuals displaced or injured, 88 missing, and 407 dead. Telecommunication lines were also damaged, making it more difficult to help those in need.
After the day of calamity, the famous play-to-earn NFT gaming group, Yield Guild Games (YGG), stood up for the victims. YGG organized a donation drive to provide the victims with relief and rebuild. The play-to-earn community’s response was overwhelmingly positive. Gamers worldwide made crypto donations for the cause, and within three weeks, YGG was able to raise more than $1.4 million. YGG’s Philippines country manager Luis Buenaventura will lead the relief efforts for the Typhoon Odette victims. YGG also teamed p with international and local organizations to provide better support.
YGG’s relief team, under Buenaventra’s leadership, will distribute funds for the relief efforts. The plan is to have groups on the ground go to the affected areas for distributing food, water, medicine, power generators, and solar lights. There is also a rebuilding initiative where direct cash assistance is provided to affected households. According to the latest numbers, YGG’s relief team was able to help 1600 households and still have the funds to help another 3000. Although these numbers might look great, more than 55,000 houses were destroyed by the typhoon, and many more people still need help. YGG’s initiative towards giving back to the community shows great resolve towards helping others.