We're cheap, and that's good

We're cheap, and that's good | World Vision Blog

Families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines receive Food Kits from World Vision. Each kit provides food for a family for seven days. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

One of World Vision’s primary responses to disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is the distribution of Family Food Kits and Hygiene Kits to survivors. On our Facebook page this week, we posted photos of the contents of these kits – but purchased here in the USA – and asked our followers to guess how much the items would cost. That price versus the price of each World Vision Kit might surprise you!


Each World Vision Family Food Kit is designed to feed a family of four for one week. They contain: 15 kilograms of rice, 10 tins of sardines, 2.5 kilograms of biscuits, 1 kilogram of mung beans, 1 liter of cooking oil, 6 liters of water, and 1 kilogram of brown sugar.

Here’s what our USA-bought version of that kit looked like:

We're cheap, and that's good | World Vision Blog


Our followers guessed almost 25 different prices for these items, ranging from $3 to $300! The actual price for all of this in the U.S. was: $91. And that doesn’t include shipping to the Philippines.

World Vision’s Food Kit, distributed directly to Typhoon Haiyan survivors, costs a donor $35!

Each World Vision Hygiene Kit contains: 10 bars of bathroom soap, 4 packets of laundry soap, 6 toothbrushes, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 2 packs of sanitary pads (8 pieces per pack), 3 pieces of women’s underwear, 2 pieces of men’s underwear, 3 nail clippers, and 1 body wrap.

Here’s our USA-bought version:

We're cheap, and that's good | World Vision Blog


We gave our followers a multiple-choice question for this one:

A. $72.00

B. $54.00

C. $100.00

D. None of the above

The tally: 2 votes for A, 10 votes for B, 3 votes for C, and 47 correct votes for D! None of the above. In America, these items cost $54, but a donation of $33 to World Vision purchases and ships these items to the Philippines.

There are many reasons why we’re able to provide these items to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan at a low cost. World Vision has been working in the Philippines since 1954, and now has hundreds of local staff in the country – who were there during the storm, so their response began immediately. We also pre-position disaster relief supplies around the world, specifically in the Philippines because of our history of disaster relief there. We also lower our costs by making mass purchases of supplies and through Gifts-in-Kind donations from corporations.

World Vision’s mission is to maximize the impact that we can make with our donors’ dollars – to fight poverty, to strengthen communities to better support their children, and to help families recover from natural disasters. For every dollar donated in 2012, we were able to send $1.30 worth of support into the field. This video shows how:

More Than A Dollar - Financial Accountability in Fiscal Year 2012 | World Vision


Already, these food and hygiene kits have been making a huge difference to families in the Philippines.

We're cheap, and that's good | World Vision Blog

The promise of food for the next 15 days makes for happy children at a World Vision food distribution to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)


Putting smiles back on children’s faces is what it’s all about, and thanks to you, we’ve been able to do that. The road for the people of the Philippines will still be long and difficult, so please continue to pray for them and to give through our Philippines Disaster Response Fund.

Thank you.


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