Children International Assisting Typhoon Haiyan Refugees

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 27

Along with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), Children International is aiding child refugees after Typhoon Haiyan. About 11,000 refugees have been transported to the Villamor Air Force Base processing center so far.

Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, explains the condition of these children. "These people have endured so much already, and they still have much difficulty ahead of them," he says. "They are traumatized – especially the children – and need our care and protection. Children International's Child Processing Center at Villamor, in partnership with CWC and UNICEF, provides a safe and welcoming center for the refugees."

Please support Children International's continued efforts to aid victims of this terrible typhoon. One hundred percent of donations made to Children International's Typhoon Haiyan fund will be used to support disaster-relief work in that area. Read more about Children International's relief efforts in the Philippines.

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Photos by Carmie Carpio, Joel Abelinde and Anthony Lorcha

UPDATE: Thursday, November 21

Youth leaders from Children International's operations in Manila, Philippines, recently volunteered their time to assist typhoon victims. The teens met at a disaster-relief center where they packed much-needed supplies for some of the estimated 4.4 million displaced Filipinos. Meanwhile, typhoon victims in Legazpi continue to build transitional housing using building assistance from Children International.

Officials estimate that more than 13 million Filipinos were affected by the storm, with more than 4 million people displaced. The Philippines desperately need our help. Children International continues to collaborate with the UN and Philippine government in their relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations made to Children International's Typhoon Haiyan fund will be used to support disaster-relief work in that area. Please support our continued efforts to aid victims of this terrible typhoon.


UPDATE: Wednesday, November 20

Although the Philippines is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan, families in the Legazpi, Philippines, area have begun their rebuilding efforts. Typhoon victims in Legazpi received building materials from Children International to assist with transitional housing after the disaster. And while these families have begun reconstructing their lives, many Filipinos still need assistance; Children International continues to collaborate with the UN and Philippine government in their relief efforts.

One hundred percent of donations made to Children International's Typhoon Haiyan fund will be used to support disaster-relief work in that area. Please support our continued efforts to aid victims of this terrible typhoon.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 19

Reports out of the Philippines deliver shocking descriptions of Typhoon Haiyan's impact on the island nation. The most recent government estimates indicate that 4 million people have been displaced and 2.5 million desperately need food aid. While some typhoon-affected families are able to remain in their homes, the Philippine government believes that 1.1 million houses were damaged or destroyed by the storm.

Due to the scale of the relief efforts needed in the immediate and long term, the combined efforts of many governmental and humanitarian organizations will be necessary. Children International staff is meeting with the UN and Philippine agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to coordinate relief efforts. Meanwhile, our organization is also providing building materials to assist typhoon victims in Legazpi with transitional housing after the disaster.

To support Children International's continued relief efforts in the Philippines, please make a donation to our Typhoon Haiyan fund. We pledge that 100 percent of all funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan will be used to support disaster-relief efforts in that area.

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Photos by Anthony Lorcha

UPDATE: Friday, November 15

Children International staff from Legazpi, Philippines, report that children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan have been relocated from evacuation shelters to temporary housing after the deadly storm destroyed their homes. Families have received Lifeline aid – including such items as food, water and other essentials – as well as clothes. These are short-term arrangements while Children International coordinates further relief efforts.

On Friday, key members of Children International staff met with the Philippine government and other nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to expedite plans for mid- and long-term relief efforts in the cyclone-ravaged island nation. This meeting, along with other strategic planning, will allow Children International to best utilize its well-established distribution networks to identify ongoing needs and distribute aid. The organization has already begun its relief efforts, shipping several containers of relief supplies for use in typhoon-impacted areas.

To support Children International's continued relief efforts in the Philippines, please make a donation to our Typhoon Haiyan fund. We pledge that 100 percent of all funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan will be used to support disaster-relief efforts in that area.

Typhoon-Affected Families in Legazpi Sheltered, Receiving AidPhoto by Anthony Lorcha

Children International staff in the United States and the Philippines is making every effort to inform sponsors of their children's status. If you sponsor a child in the Philippines or in any country, please log into My Account and confirm that your contact information is correct. Be sure to include a valid email address, as email is a quick and effective way for our staff to update you on your child's needs.


UPDATE: Thursday, November 14

It's been nearly a week since Super Typhoon Haiyan cut through the central Philippines with sustained wind speeds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph, causing catastrophic destruction.

Children International's disaster-response teams in the Philippines took action even before the storm hit. Teams initiated emergency protocols, while trained staff and volunteers ensured that families safely evacuated before the storm struck. As soon as Haiyan subsided, Children International staff and volunteers sprang into action, evaluating the needs of affected families.

Uniquely positioned to provide aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines, the organization is implementing concurrent efforts. One is the Children International staff's "boots-on-the-ground" tactic for providing immediate aid to victims. Simultaneously, CI staff has begun working with its long-term partners in the Philippines and strategizing how to best use its well-established distribution networks to identify ongoing needs.

Specifically, the organization is providing Lifeline aid – for the purchase of items such as food, water and other desperately needed essentials – to families in Legazpi. Additionally, Children International has three 40-foot containers of relief supplies en route to the typhoon-ravaged country.

Aid Efforts Focus on Immediate and Long-Term SupportPhoto by Anthony Lorcha

These efforts are just the beginning of Children International's relief activities in the Philippines. We need your support to continue helping destitute children and their families. Your generous donations will bring desperately needed aid to victims suffering in the aftermath of Haiyan, as well as support long-term recovery efforts in the storm-ravaged areas. We pledge that 100 percent of all funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan will be used to support disaster-relief efforts in that area.


UPDATE: Wednesday, November 13

As an organization registered with the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development, Children International is uniquely positioned to provide aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines. We have an established and wide-reaching distribution network in the country that will be pivotal in providing aid where it's needed most in the weeks to come.

Following disaster protocols, Children International is coordinating our aid efforts with humanitarian partners in the Philippines while the situation stabilizes in affected areas. As soon as we are able to work safely in Tacloban, the hardest-hit area, we will help children and families recover and rebuild.

Concurrently, Children International staff north of Tacloban are releasing immediate Lifeline aid – including items such as food, water and other desperately needed essentials – to help typhoon-affected families in Legazpi.

Although Legazpi was spared the full brunt of Super Typhoon Haiyan's fury, it still suffered destruction. Many of the city's poorer neighborhoods – located along the vulnerable coastline – have been leveled by the storm.

Relief for Typhoon-Affected FamiliesPhoto by Anthony Lorcha

We need your backing to help the children in Legazpi and Tacloban. Your generous donations will bring desperately needed aid to children and families suffering in the aftermath of Haiyan, as well as support long-term recovery efforts in the Philippines. We pledge that 100 percent of all funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan will be used to support disaster-relief efforts in that area. Please give today.



UPDATE: Tuesday, November 12

Sponsored children in Legazpi, Philippines, struggle after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed their homes. As you'll see in the slideshow, families often live in homes impossibly close to the ocean, leaving them vulnerable to the ravages of wind and rain. As children and families literally pick up the pieces, our staff continues to provide immediate aid and is preparing longer-term support. If your child has been significantly impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan, we will notify you directly.

Children International's Lifeline relief program is essential for aiding families in times of crisis. Families devastated by the storm will receive food and water relief to support them during rebuilding.

But families need more than food. Your generous donation will provide sponsored children with the aid they need to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as well as help other children in the Philippines in the long run to recover from this disaster.



UPDATE: Monday, November 11

While our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, we are relieved to report that our sponsored children in the Philippines appear to be safe. For updates, watch our Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

The two northern agencies – Manila and Quezon City – weathered the storm with little incident, and our operations are back to normal in these cities. Of the southern agencies – Legazpi and Tabaco – Legazpi was most seriously impacted by the storm. Fortunately, more than 1,200 sponsored families were safely relocated to evacuation centers. Now, as the danger has passed, most have left the shelters.

Children in Legazpi still face significant challenges. There is immediate need for food and water, which we will be providing. Our Mobile Monitoring Team is still assessing the needs of individual children. However, they indicate that many homes in the Legazpi sponsorship area have been destroyed or damaged. Children and families who have lost their homes need construction materials immediately for transitional housing. Later, they will require significant assistance to rebuild their homes and replace their belongings. If your child has been significantly impacted by this disaster, we will contact you directly.

We need your support to help children and their families. Your generous donation will provide sponsored children with the aid they need to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as well as help other children in the Philippines recover from this disaster.


UPDATE: Friday, November 8

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8. Evacuation orders were effective in keeping much of the population out of harm's way. However, our field staff throughout the country are already responding with aid to children and families affected by the furious storm. Because of the nature of the disaster, staff will continue to assess and send us status reports on children, families and facilities over the next few days. For updates, watch our Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

Because typhoons are a common occurrence in the Philippines, Children International staff, volunteers and sponsored Youth Health Corps members are well-prepared to offer rapid assistance. Throughout the year, we provide training in emergency preparedness and response, so our population is educated and ready for disasters like Super Typhoon Haiyan. In addition to training, Children International provides food and water assistance, safe spaces for children to play – and receive counseling – as well as support for families as their lives get back to normal.

It is Children International's policy to contact sponsors if their children have been significantly affected by a disaster.


Wednesday, November 6

Children International is preparing its disaster-response teams for readiness as Typhoon Haiyan approaches the Philippines. Set to hit land within the next 24 - 36 hours, Haiyan has been declared a "super typhoon," meaning this category 5 storm's winds should exceed 155mph. Children International is deeply concerned about the potential impact on our sponsored children and their families, especially those living on remote islands or in flood prone areas.

For updates about the storm, please visit Children International's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Please donate now to support Children International's disaster response. Emergency aid provides water, food and support for victims of disasters. Your donation is critically important and helps us provide aid to children and their families impacted by storms like Super Typhoon Haiyan.

It is Children International's policy to contact sponsors if their children have been significantly affected by a disaster.

 

 
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