Your donations at work in the Philippines

Thank you for your faithful and generous support of the Typhoon Haiyan appeal.

In the early morning of November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines’ Eastern Visayas Region.

When God laid the needs of the people of the Philippines on your heart, you responded with urgency, compassion and generosity. You saved lives and provided comfort and hope for many thousands who were directly affected by a storm that international media report as one of the strongest in recorded history.

CLWR is working with our American counterpart, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), to help people affected by the disaster. LWR is a trusted partner whose on-the-ground presence and experience in the region means your donation is at work now. Here is what has been accomplished on your behalf:

Shelter

You are providing approximately 3,000 shelter kits that allow families to rebuild their damaged homes. (Scroll down to meet the Rodrigo family, who are grateful that they can now begin rebuilding their home.)

Cash programs

Your support is employing residents of three municipalities in Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.

Household supplies

You are providing families who have lost their belongings with essential household supplies such as cooking utensils and plates.

In addition to these items, LWR is shipping some of their Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.

The board, staff and volunteers of CLWR thank you for the spirit of compassion and generosity that lives among you.

HOPE FOR A NEW BEGINNING

Allen Rodrigo, his wife, and five of his nine children. His house was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan, but he received a shelter repair kit in mid-December, 2013.

Allen Rodrigo, his wife, and five of his nine children. His house was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan, but he received a shelter repair kit in mid-December, 2013. Photo courtesy of Lutheran World Relief

The Rodrigo family lost their home to Typhoon Haiyan. They can now begin to rebuild after receiving a shelter repair kit on December 13.

Allen Rodrigo, age 39 and father of nine, says his first priority in helping his family recover is rebuilding.

“I had been waiting for help and now that there is help I am very happy…because I can start rebuilding,” Rodrigo said.

“On behalf of my family, we … thank our benefactors for having a good heart to help out.”

In response to the great need for shelter, the kit the Rodrigo family received was part of a extra distribution of 100 kits, on top of approximately 3,000 that will be delivered to families in 2013 and early 2014. The typhoon damaged an estimated 1.1 million homes in the Philippines.

-reporting & photo courtesy of Lutheran World Relief

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