TYPHOON HAIYAN EMERGENCY APPEAL
The SituationTyphoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines on Friday November 8th. The latest figures estimate that 13 million have been affected by this devastating cyclone. Approximately 4 million people are displaced, 1 million houses have been damaged, and the latest official death toll is 5800 people with a further 1700 missing.
Haiyan, the most fierce typhoon of the year, flattened many areas as a storm surge propelled water inland, causing flash floods. Crucially, children affected by Typhoon Haiyan are at risk of abuse or trafficking in the aftermath of the devastating storm. Lone or missing children in particular are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
One month on there are signs of progress in the shattered cities. But this is mixed with reminders of the enormity of the disaster and the challenges ahead. Bodies are still being uncovered and tens of thousands live amid the ruins of their former lives, under scavenged materials. TEAR Fund is there right now helping our brothers and sisters.
How is TEAR Fund responding?TEAR Fund has partners in the Philippines who are responding to the needs of the hundreds of thousands affected by this huge disaster. Debbie Toribio, Executive Director of TEAR Fund's Partner, Food for the Hungry Philippines, says “The devastation is a nightmare. With local churches, we are distributing food and non-food items in the municipalities of Basey and Marabut, to over 20,000 people.” This includes blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and hygiene kits, all sourced from Manila. TEAR Fund’s partner MAF are providing logistical support to New Tribes Mission, with aid flights in and out of Tacloban.
The key is targeting the most vulnerable people in greatest need. Often, it’s the elderly, children or mothers with a large number of kids at home. We are addressing protection and safety concerns of children through the establishment of Child Friendly Spaces.
Solar-powered water treatment systems and inline chlorinators, procured from Water Mission International will arrive in country in mid Dec. In Jan, we start to support livelihoods through provision of rice and vegetable seed and tools for farmers, and through cash-for-work for debris removal.
The umbrella network, Integral is representing our activities at UN coordination level. Integral is also drawing together 35 smaller organisations providing guidance, funding, monitoring, and increasing capacity to deliver at greater scale. These activities will help to further our Partners’ engagement with beneficiaries, and serve as a foundation for further equipping communities in restoring and improving their lives.
We have the expertise and capacity to save lives. Click here to watch TEAR Fund CEO Ian McInnes' response on TVNZ's Breakfast (12.11.13)
How can you get involved?While our partners are responding, they urgently need your help to meet the huge need! You can help the victims by giving and by praying.
$25 provides fresh water for a family for 2 weeks
$25 provides a survival pack (Hygiene kit, kitchen kit, sleeping mats, water purification tablets and two blankets.)
$32 provides a basic food pack for a family for a week
$90 provides a family with materials for a temporary shelter
Call 0800 800 777 now.