On the night of 16th December 2011, Northern Mindanao was struck by Typhoon Sendong (International name Washi) killing 1,472 people and injuring 1,748. There are also over 1,000 still missing. Iligan City where KI is based, was hit by devastating flash floods which resulted in the deaths of at least 695 people and the destruction of over 5,000 properties and 15,000 more damaged.
KI staff and volunteers immediately began helping with the relief effort. This included packing and distributing relief goods and offering counselling to victims. Many more of our former volunteers are now working with the International Aid Agencies now present to assist in the humanitarian relief effort to the thousands of victims.
The office of KI was also flooded with 7 feet of water resulting in the loss of most of our equipments and vital paperwork. Luckily, some items were able to be rescued by members of staff. Former KI volunteers, some coming from other parts of the country, gave up their vacation time to help clean up the office and then take part in the ongoing relief effort.
KI has now resumed normal operations but as we write, there are still many thousands in evacuation centers and still many bodies unrecovered.
On a happier note. KI has now recruited 10 new volunteers (7 Women and 3 Men) that will form our 7th batch. We had over 70 applicants and through our selection these were whittled down to 24 who underwent an assessment day at the KI Office during late January
These volunteers are currently undergoing their one training which is due to finish at the end of February. They will then commence their placements around the middle of March. Once again, without YOUR vital support our program would not be able to run this year. So thank you.
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