Getting Food to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues food distributions this week in the Philippines to provide Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a two-week supply of food per family. Survivors have been desperate for help as destroyed roads and downed communication systems made receiving and calling for aid nearly impossible.

But through FH partner churches and staff living in the Philippines, FH started searching and providing needed items quickly to survivors. Food distributions started last week.

On November 18, FH distributed 6 pounds of rice, four cans of sardines and four kinds of noodles per family, feeding 2,000 families (1,000 families in Basay and 1,000 families in Marabot).

Later this week, FH will distribute two-weeks worth of food per family to an additional 1,000 families.

Working Through Churches

When doing development work, FH works with churches to strengthen leaders to work in their communities. Through these relationships, when natural disasters occur, these leaders are prepared with a disaster risk reduction plan to respond to help their community.

As many Typhoon Haiyan survivors have lost their homes, loved ones and jobs, these churches and FH staff not only bring food, but the comfort and hope of Christ’s love.

As the destruction is vast from the November 8 typhoon, affecting 11.3 million people and displacing 700,000 people, FH staff and local churches are running food distributions and setting up child-friendly spaces, where children can play in a safe environment.

FH will continue to work by providing food, water and shelter. You can be a part of this life-saving work by partnering with FH to bring Christ’s love to survivors, who desperately need support and strength during this time of great loss.

 

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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