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Global Youth Travel Awards 2014

Manchester, United Kingdom — 22-25 September 2009

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Best Social Responsibility Initiative 2014

GoAbroad for the Hurricane Haiyan Projects.

A young woman called Elsa Thomasma, a member of the GoAbroad staff who fundraised and worked obsessively to erect a storm evacuation centre in her volunteer village of Cangumbang. It was finally completed in August of 2013. On November 7th Hurricane Haiyan landed causing colossal destruction. All surrounding villages suffered casualties, but all villagers in Elsa’s village survived and the story made the international news. Following the hurricane GoAbroad staff led the relief efforts and raised $150,000 in emergency funds.

Read more about Elsa’s story here.