When you heard about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, you stepped up and gave generously to help the people whose lives were torn apart by this disaster. Thank you.
With your help, more than 3,000 families received emergency food in the days after the typhoon hit. These families also received emergency supplies like blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits.
More recently, as people have begun to rebuild their homes and lives, those 3,000 families received vegetable seeds to reestablish vegetable gardens and start to grow their own food. Your support also helped set up Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) to support the emotional needs of traumatized children.
People are taking responsibility for rebuilding their homes, but they need materials and support. Your gift assisted with shelter materials to families as well, including tarps, rope, plywood and metal sheeting.
“Now that you are helping us, thank you, thank you very much," said Teodora, a grandmother who lost her grandchild in the rising flood waters. Her message of gratitude is for you.
Our staff and partners have witnessed traumatized people rising above the devastation and asking to work with us -- to collaborate in their own recovery, rather than wanting us to do it for them. Isn't that amazing?
Below is a link to a short video update on how your gift helped save lives in this crisis. I hope you'll take a moment to watch it and see what a difference you made in the lives of so many, bringing hope and practical help in a time of great need.
We are so encouraged by the support that has been pouring in to help us reach families affected by Typhoon Haiyan with critical, life-saving aid. Thank you.
Just yesterday, we were able to reach a community where no other help had arrived. The community is called Marubot, and it is home to 7,344 families. In this area alone, 2,058 precious lives were lost in this horrific storm.
“The municipality is totally destroyed,” reported our teams on the ground. “Not one house is left standing. The villages are 100% damaged.”
People are eating coconut meat mixed with salt for survival.
And they’re sick. With no drinking water, diarrhea is spreading fast.
No water. No electricity. No cellphone signal.
And until yesterday, no one had been there yet to help.
I’m happy to report that 1,000 families in Marubot received emergency food rations yesterday – thanks to your support. By the end of the week, we hope to reach more with critical emergency supplies, food, and water.
One of the families we met was Elvira and Lucriscio’s. They and their five children survived the storm by fleeing to a nearby church.
Their house was destroyed in the storm. Their dreams were buried under rubble and broken palm trees. “I was so sad to see our home destroyed,” said their 9-year-old son, Imy.
“We knew a typhoon was coming, but we did not expect it to be so strong,” said Elvira, as she embraced her youngest daughter. “After the typhoon, I took all the clothes that remained. The table and chairs we owned were all broken. Those were all the belongings we had.”
They are thankful that they survived the devastating typhoon and found shelter. They have no idea what their future will look like. Many more families like theirs are waiting for help to arrive.
Thank you for caring about families like this, for giving, and for praying for the people of Marubot and other communities devastated by this disaster.
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