Medals that 7-year-old Christian earned for academic performance hang neatly from a nail on the only wooden beam left standing in his home.
Typhoon Haiyan obliterated Christian’s home in the Philippine city of Bogo, where he had lived with his grandmother and father. The massive destruction wasn’t the first big loss in Christian’s life. His mother died last year after a stray dog attacked her. Christian’s father does not work. So his grandmother Nora raises him on her house-cleaning wages of 500 Philippine pesos ($11.90 USD) a month.
Because Christian is registered in the Child Sponsorship Program, Compassion staff and church partners have committed to knowing, loving and protecting him. So they checked on him as soon as possible after the superstorm let up. Even before the typhoon made landfall, Compassion knew it had the potential to be a major disaster for many of our 66,400 sponsored children and their families there. But assessing damage to the Philippines has been difficult since the powerful storm took out avenues of communication throughout much of the island chain. Help reached Bogo city relatively quickly. Meanwhile, Compassion’s disaster response teams are going through each of the damaged communities, trying to track down our children and their families, evaluating damage to our church partners and responding to immediate needs.
Disaster relief funds can help children like Christian to get back on their feet. Donations to Compassion’s disaster relief funds allow for emergency kits to be distributed. The kits include food, water, blankets, candles, basic necessities, and even clothing and temporary shelter when necessary. Christian’s family has found temporary shelter in a home that Nora cleans. Through sobs, Christian says he hopes that Compassion’s support will help his family rebuild.
Compassion’s biggest need for such families is money. It goes a lot further than items — which also cost money to ship, etc. Should Compassion raise more money than needed for this disaster, any extra dollars go into our disaster relief fund to help victims of upcoming crises.
To make a donation that will help children like Christian, please go to compassion.com/typhoon.