The Philippines: How to help survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan
I have first hand news that the supplies are coming, but things are moving slowly. Let’s continue to pray for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Catholic Relief Services personnel are overcoming huge obstacles to get aid to tens of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
“This is the worst storm ever to hit the Philippines,” said CRS Country Representative Joe Curry of a nation that often suffers from extreme weather. With the highest recorded winds ever to make landfall, Haiyan had the power of a tornado and the size of a hurricane, cutting a 30 to 50 mile-wide swath of total destruction across three of the country’s most populated islands – Leyte, Panay and Cebu — hitting their coastal communities with a huge storm surge.
Working in coordination with the Philippine government, CARITAS Philippines, other humanitarian organizations, and the Church, CRS is initially focusing on providing shelter, safe drinking water and other essential household and hygiene items to 32,000 families on the islands of Leyte and Samar.
Please consider an immediate gift to Catholic Relief Services to aid typhoon victims. Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with their partners, is on the ground helping people meet most urgent needs, including water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies.