Bringing Help and Hope
to the Philippines
Though Compassion is not primarily a relief organization, efforts to bring help and hope to hard-hit areas of the Philippines are well underway. Our Philippines country office estimates that 19,000 sponsored children live in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Some 7,000 have lost homes or suffered extensive property damage. Thousands are living in tents or makeshift houses using salvaged debris.
Of the 128 Compassion church partners located within the typhoon’s path, 45 were severely affected in Leyte, Samar, Panay, Negros and Cebu. After one week, most of these areas are still without power, as power lines and stations were destroyed.
“Everybody is in survival mode,” reports Alex Abuda, who supervises program facilitators in the affected areas. “Even the church leaders, the church workers and volunteers are victims of the disaster.” Somehow, they communicated to the country office that the children there were accounted for and that everyone was safe.
Through the efforts of dedicated country staff members, relief goods — including canned food, hygiene supplies, mats, blankets and clothes — are being supplied to children and their families in affected areas.
We are doing everything we can to obtain accurate information about each sponsored child. Communication is challenging, but we will update you on your child’s situation as soon as possible.
How Does Compassion Help Children in Crisis?
The Disaster and Relief Stability Fund was set up to quickly provide aid to families of Compassion-assisted children so they can survive a disaster and get back on their feet.
When you give to this fund, you help Compassion provide the relief, recovery, and rehabilitation that is vital for restoring families after a disaster.
Thank you for your prayers and for helping children in the Philippines however you can.
*Any money raised above the amount needed in the Philippines will be used by the general Disaster Relief Fund to help other children and families affected by disasters.