Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Our prayers are with our partners and the people of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck on the 08 November, killing, injuring and displacing thousands of people and destroying whole communities.
We remain in close contact with our partner church, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and our volunteers. They are reporting back with scenes of complete devastation – entire communities have been damaged, whole families lost and livelihoods destroyed.
Said UnitingWorld National Director Kerry Enright;
“People in the Philippines are familiar with natural disasters but this is on an unprecedented scale. We are shocked by the extent of the damage and the impact on people and their communities. We need to stand with our partner and the people of the Philippines with prayer and practical support at this time.”
We are forwarding funds with immediate effect to the ACT Alliance, of which we are a member, to distribute to agencies on the ground directly involved in relief efforts. All funds will be used to provide food and water, tents, generators, essential non-food items, blankets, clothing and hygiene kits.
All funds raised will be used to support relief work and ongoing needs as they arise.
Please click here to make a secure online tax deductible donation. Or call us on 1800 998 122.
From Rev Andy Tiver, ACT Alliance Coordination Center Manila, 29 November 2013
It is so wonderful that those in Australia can support the Philippines at this critical time. But the needs are huge and only the tip of them has been addressed. The destructiveness and impact of this event are even too hard for those who are here to really grasp – the Philippines has had storms before but nothing on this scale – around 13% + of the population have been directly affected (14.4 million people), there are 3.62 million who have been displaced from their homes – and many more living in makeshift shanties beside their destroyed homes. The official death toll has risen to 5,500 but the process of identifying the dead is slow and the count will most likely reach somewhere around the original estimate of 10,000, with many more missing. The number of affected people could easily be many more if we think about those who have for weeks now worried about family members they cannot contact or still do not know where they are – because phone signals and electricity is still not available in many of the affected areas. The need to help people repair and rebuild their homes is urgent. The need to re-establish livelihood is critical since the planting season for rice ends mid December – if no crops are in the ground – there will be food shortages next year. The international health teams are now leaving because they came to treat trauma cases – but the health services have largely been destroyed and the risk of disease is extremely high. The people are strong – but they have nothing left – many are leaving for the large cities – and the risks especially to women and girls of becoming victims of trafficking are very high.
UnitingWorld’s Rev Dr Ji Zhang has prepared a Worship Resource for congregations to use this Sunday in response to Typhoon Haiyan.