THANK YOU!! We have completed our Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) emergency response. Your contribution provided emergency relief to 500 families and counseling and care to 100 children.
Peace Winds America, together with our Philippine local partner, Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Philippines, distributed relief supplies in Typhoon Pablo-affected communities in Bukidnon Province on Mindanao Island. Our response helped families cope with the immediate impacts of the disaster and helped families struggling to recover.
Community-wide effort to help five Communities
Many organizations focused relief operations in the Compostela Valley region. Our local partner, CDRC, initially concentrated our relief efforts in the Compostela Valley and the Davao Oriental region. We soon recognized that five communities in Bukidnon province received very little assistance. We identified 500 families in two cities needing immediate attention. CDRC coordinated the relief with community members and volunteers from a local NGO and the farmer’s organization,KASAMA, packaging and distributing relief goods. Your donations supported people in the five cities of Cabangahan, Bangcud, Campuhan, Batangan and Poblacion.
Reaching out to over 100 children with psycho-social support
CDRC provided psycho-social support for children staying at evacuation shelters. These children had witnessed their houses being swept away by the flood and had no idea where they might be relocated. Through counseling, including expressing their feelings through discussions and art, the children could better understand their current situation and be less anxious.
What’s a relief package?
The PWA relief package contained basic foods items which could sustain an average family for one week at the evacuation centers. The package included: Rice- 10kg; mongo beans--500g; dried fish--500g; sardines--four cans; cooking oil--250ml; one laundry soap bar; one blanket; and, one mattress.
For the first three weeks after the disaster, evacuees from these five communities received only three (3) kilos of rice and noodles, and three (3) cans of sardines from the government and other groups. “Christmas was so lonely, we just slept the night away,” said one of the beneficiaries. The mattress and blanket PWA provided were much appreciated, as most of the beneficiaries were forced to sleep on the cold cement floor or on the benches of the gym.
The serious situation continues
Many families who lost houses lived by the river. They cannot go return to their home because erosion from the flood took away their property. “We cannot go back to the area because our community is still submerged,” one of the beneficiaries said. “We badly needed shelter and food,” another one added.
Peace Winds America is concluding emergency relief operations for Typhoon Pablo, and yet we and our local partners will continue monitoring the situation in the typhoon-affected areas.
PWA would like to send most sincere appreciation to your generosity. With your help, we were able to provide critical supplies to 500 families!
I’d like to give you update on the current situation of the area devastated by Typhoon Bopha.
As of December 12th, the death toll stood at 740 with more than 1,000 people reported missing. Almost 500,000 families are affected by the disaster, many seeking shelter after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Damages and casualties caused by Typhoon Bopha, or Pablo as locally named are far worse than caused by Typhoon Saola in August. At that time Peace Winds America helped 350 families, but now the people of Mindanao have much greater need for food, water, shelter, and repair of infrastructure and their homes.
The area struck is agricultural, with fields after fields flattened and banana plantations devastated. Most of the farmers have now lost their livelihoods. Thousands will not be able to provide means to support their families.. People desperately need assistance.
Peace Winds America (PWA) is aiding the Philippine people working with our local partner, CDRC (The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center) and its regional partner Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation (MISFI). We are providing relief to some of the hardest hit areas in Mindanao. Our current joint relief operations target 4,800 people, or 800 families located in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Misamis Oriental providing food and shelter.
PWA continues to monitor and assess the local situation and will provide support to meet the needs of those struck by Typhoon Bopha. Your understanding and support is strongly needed and greatly appreciated.
Charles R. Aanenson, CEO Peace Winds America
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