One Year Later
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded crashed across the central islands of the Philippines. The typhoon impacted approximately 13.28 million people, destroyed 1.1 million homes and has displaced more than 4 million people. One year later, we remember and pray for all who lost their lives, homes, communities and livelihoods to Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Lutheran Disaster Response received an outpouring of prayers and financial support. More than $2.5 million was collected to directly respond to Typhoon Haiyan. Together, we were able to provide immediate need to people and communities affected, and we continue to walk with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who are still working to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
Lutheran Disaster Response works with an extensive network of partners who are actively engaged with communities on the ground. Within days after the typhoon made landfall our trusted partner, Lutheran World Relief, was responding to those affected. And a year later, we are still there, continuing our work with Lutheran World Relief and working with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
The work has been extensive and still continues. This has taken the form of shelter repair kits, making it possible for people to start to rebuild and return to their homes. Safe drinking water has been provided with water filtration units, wells constructed or repaired and an increase effort of household sanitation through latrines and hygiene kits. Cash-for-work programs were established to assist people whose livelihoods were destroyed by the typhoon. This program allowed people to participate in clean-up efforts within their communities, while earning an income to provide for their families. Food as well as non-food items were distributed to help meet short-term needs.
Long-term plans include a community center that will serve as an evacuation shelter during emergency situations. In non-disaster times, the centers will serve as venues for capacity building and disaster preparedness training workshops for church and community leaders.
To read more about our response, download this resource.
What Can You Do?
Pray for those who were and still are affected by 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 undesignated gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response allow for a flexible and quick response during times of need.
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