CAFOD is providing emergency relief to those whose lives have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Friday 8 November.
The typhoon has had a catastrophic impact on the lives of millions of people. Many thouands are already feared dead and many have lost their homes, their possessions and their means of making a living. They will need emergency shelter, support in rebuilding their homes, and essential household goods – like blankets, clothes, pots, pans and cooking equipment – to replace those that have been lost.People in isolated areas, and in those cut off by damage from the storm, are facing severe food shortages. With the power down in many areas, water supplies have also been cut off, so many communities need support with clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. The recent earthquake that centred on Bohol island affected about three million people and destroyed thousands of homes. The typhoon has added to the damage and cut off vital aid supplies.
The typhoon may also cause widespread humanitarian needs elsewhere in South-East Asia. We are concerned about the impact of the storm in Cambodia, where more than 140,000 people are already homeless because of the recent floods.
What are CAFOD and its partners doing?
We are working with Catholic Relief Services and with Caritas Philippines (known locally as NASSA) to provide food, emergency shelter and essential household goods – like pots, pans, blankets and cooking equipment – for people who have lost everything. In the longer term, we will help people to rebuild their homes and to make a living again. Because of the scale of the flooding and because roads have been blocked, some parts of the country remain difficult to reach – but our local partners are rapidly scaling up their response in the worst hit areas.
We are also continuing to provide food, shelter and emergency supplies on the island of Bohol, which has been hit by an earthquake and the typhoon in quick succession.
How can people donate?
Many parishes are organising a second collection this coming weekend. Alternatively, please donate online
£18 can buy a family hygiene kit.
£54 can give six families emergency shelter.
£135 can buy essential household supplies, such as blankets and cooking pots for 10 families.
£200 can buy clean water kits for 40 families.
On behalf of the people of the Philippines, thank you.