Helping typhoon victims in the Philippines
In one of its largest relief operations in years, Caritas Internationalis is helping over 800,000 people who lost homes, loved ones and livelihoods during Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Local name Yolanda, the storm was one of the most powerful ever recorded and left millions without food, clean water, and shelter.
From shelter to replacing household goods, farming and livelihoods, clean water and food, and education and safeguarding against future disasters, over 43 Caritas national organisations supported the emergency response led by Caritas Philippines-NASSA.
Caritas Philippines-NASSA National Director, Bishop Broderick Pabillo said after the storm, “The help we are getting is coming from every Catholic soul in the world.”
In a unique approach, Caritas is working with over 100 communities to give them charge of their own rebuilding programme as reconstruction efforts continue.
Caritas Updates from the Philippines
The Philippines are made up of around 7000 islands – which means that water is never far away. But finding fresh water for drinking and domestic use was a real struggle for many poor communities even before Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Caritas launched one of its largest relief operations in recent years to help 1.8 million people in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan with emergency aid and in the two years that followed.
Caritas Philippines is preparing to help 25,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by Typhoon Koppu, prioritising people who are in hard-to-reach areas.
As Pope Francis makes his historic wisit to the Philippines, Caritas Philippines is asking for help in addressing the issue of climate change. The pope will meet families who survived natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
In 2013, the Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Now their emergency unit is giving relief assistance to people affected by Typhoon Hagupit in Catbalogan City, Samar.
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