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Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: In it for the “long haul”

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Early in November 2013, the deadliest Philippine typhoon ever recorded washed away whole schools, hospitals, hotels, homes and many other structures, stealing more than 6,000 human lives. The storm had steady winds that reached 315 kmh/196 mph. While news coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan has faded over the last several weeks, the work of rebuilding will continue for many more years.

Our friends on the ground have been appointed by the mayor of Tacloban to work in the city’s two most devastated villages, where the majority of people were reported to have been killed or missing by the typhoon.

If you’d like to contribute to this effort–literally rebuilding families’ homes, in some areas–please consider sending a donation to our well-established partners through the Harvest Foundation. Fully 100% of your donation will go directly to those working on the ground.

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Donations will be split between two Harvest staff members in the Philippines: Nonoy Suarez and Marlon Roldan, and 100% of each donation will go to their relief efforts. Here is a glimpse of what they’re doing:

1. Partnering with OMF International in assessing and meeting emergency needs:

  • Rebuilding houses
  • Providing relief goods: water, salt, rice, nails, hammer, tarp, matches, etc.
  • Psychospiritual counseling for trauma
  • Medical assistance

2. Helping people recover their livelihoods
3. Strengthening indigenous house churches
4. Working with a local church to provide temporary classrooms for children so the rest of the school year is not lost

“…We want to be able to do a good rehab that is also community-building and, in the end, has the spiritual software that will enable them to rise and help themselves for the long term, long after all the help from outside is gone.”
-Melba Padilla Maggay, Ph.D., president of Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (a major partner in this effort)

For more details on these efforts, please e-mail info@disciplenations.org.


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