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Helping typhoon victims in the Philippines


Caritas is helping survivors in the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which cut a 30-mile-wide swath of destruction. Local name Yolanda, the storm was one of the most powerful ever recorded and left millions without food, clean water, and shelter.

Nearly 12 million people are in need of help, with over 500,000 houses damaged or destroyed. Over 3000 people lost their lives.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines-NASSA, said, ““We have never faced anything of this magnitude. We greatly appreciate the support and solidarity from around the world. By working together in a coordinated way, we can help save lives and rebuild communities.”

Caritas Philippines immediately began providing aid through the parishes, while international relief arrived from around the world. Caritas combined relief efforts will reach over half a million people with shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation, essential living supplies and the means to generate income.

Pope Francis pleaded for aid for the survivors in the Philippines when he said, “Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge. Let’s try to provide concrete help.”

Caritas Updates from the Philippines

  • Map to saving lives in the Philippines

Map to saving lives in the Philippines

  • 5 August 2014
A 'Risk Map' is helping communities in the Philippines make their own plans on how to be better able to resist future natural disasters in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Philippines rises up after Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines rises up after Typhoon Haiyan

  • 16 April 2014
With relief activities beginning to wind down in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan, the focus is now shifting on providing longer-term recovery support to build back their lives better and reduce reliance on emergency aid.


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