Early Nov. 8, 2013, one of the world’s most powerful storms on record, Super Typhoon Haiyan, swept through the Philippines’ Eastern Visayas Region. Some areas experienced 235 mile-per-hour wind gusts, 16 inches of rainfall and waves as tall as 45 feet.
The typhoon impacted approximately 13.28 million people, destroyed 1.1 million homes and has displaced more than 4 million people.
Lutheran Disaster Response has committed $1 million to Lutheran World Relief to assist in the Philippines response. Lutheran World Relief’s skills and capacity in the Philippines make them a trusted partner for Lutheran Disaster Response to work with to collaboratively address the needs of the people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Lutheran Disaster Response will also partner with The Lutheran World Federation and our companion church, Lutheran Church in the Philippines.
Through our international partners and companion church, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing for the urgent needs of water, shelter kits and cooking supplies. As communities begin their rebuilding process, cash for work programs, such as debris removal, will be implemented.
We know this will be a long process, and we are committed to working with our partners as we strive for long-term renewal for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. Your generous offerings will help the people affected as they journey toward rebuilding their homes, and their lives.
What Can You Do?
Pray for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, that they may be granted peace and healing. Pray for the volunteers and organizations assisting in recovery, that they may have strength and understanding to help those affected through this long-term process.
Donations from people like you allow the church to respond in times of need. Your designated “Pacific Typhoon Response” gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster.
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