Update on how we are providing relief following Typhoon Haiyan: November 19

A Filipino woman surveys damage from Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines

Damage from Typhoon Haiyan in Northern Iloilo, the Philippines. Photo provided by Jessica Dator Bercilla/ ACT/Christian Aid

CLWR is accepting donations to help people affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has caused extensive damage. At least 13 million people have been affected. Aid agencies and media report that the devastation is comparable to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

Donate online by clicking here. You can also donate by phone (1.800.661.2597) or by mail (send cheque to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5). Please indicate you wish to donate to Typhoon Haiyan Relief.

We will be partnering with our American counterpart, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in providing relief. Together, with your support, we will focus on immediate needs and support for long-term recovery.

Lutheran World Relief’s assessment team has traveled to northern Cebu Province and western Leyte Province identifying immediate needs. These regions are hard-hit and are out of reach for many other aid agencies. The LWR Philippines office in Mindanao is in communication with other ministry partners, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and local government officials.

Your donations will support:

Emergency shelter

We will help families rebuild by supplying the tools and materials needed to get them back into their homes as soon as possible. The shelter repair kits include plywood, lumber, corrugated metal sheeting, nails and other tools. To the extent possible, materials are procured locally, thereby stimulating the local economy.

Cash-for-work program in debris removal

In a disaster of this scale, many people have also lost their means of livelihood. Farmers have lost crops and livestock; merchants have lost their inventory. In order to provide a source of income, and simultaneously clean up public areas, we will offer a cash-for-work program, in which participants are paid a daily wage for removing storm debris from schools, parks and other public spaces. These short-term work opportunities give families the cash they need to buy food or other necessities, while performing a much-needed service to their ravaged communities.

Distribution of essential household items

When people have lost everything, they have to rebuild from scratch. Organizations such as the World Food Programme and others ensure that people have food. We are making sure people can cook that food for their families. We’ll distribute baskets of kitchen supplies including pots, pans and utensils. To the extent possible, materials are procured locally.

Clean water

We will provide high-capacity water filters to ensure communities have access to safe drinking water. These refillable water tanks hold 45 liters of water (about 12 gallons) and can filter 12 liters per hour.

LWR will also ship personal kits, baby care kits, school kits and quilts for 26,000 families.

The Canadian government will be matching your donations up to December 9, 2013. All donations must be postmarked no later than that date.

Lutheran World Relief’s skills, competencies and capacity with local organizations in the Philippines make them a trusted partner. Their on-the-ground presence will best steward your resources so that the people affected by this disaster can be helped now and through long-term recovery.

More information on the response can be found at lwr.org/haiyan

Reporting provided by Lutheran World Relief/Emily Sollie

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