Philippines typhoon appeal passes £1 million
22 November 2013
Your amazing compassion is helping us deliver aid to those who need it most.
Catholics in England and Wales have responded with enormous generosity to our Philippines Typhoon Haiyan appeal, donating more than £1 million so far - even before most of the weekend's parish collections have been added.
Your donations are making a huge difference, helping our local Church partners to deliver aid quickly to those who need it most.
With support from CAFOD and other Catholic agencies around the world, our partner Caritas Philippines has provided food packs for 345,000 people across the country.
Meanwhile, our partner Catholic Relief Services has distributed more than 3,000 shelter kits – containing tarpaulins and tools – to people whose homes have been destroyed. In the next few weeks, they will distribute tens of thousands more.
Food and shelter
Mulvarosa Pibilra Perote is one of more than 500 survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who have been taking shelter in a seminary in Tacloban city. The building has been turned into an evacuation centre, where Caritas Philippines is providing food.
“We were all very frightened [when the storm hit],” she says. “We thought we were going to die. The children were crying. We were holding on to whatever we could… My house is virtually destroyed. It has no roof. I’m very grateful to receive food and shelter.”
Matthew Carter, Head of CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department, says: “It’s not surprising that the Church is on the frontline of responding to the devastation caused by the typhoon. 80% of people in the Philippines are Catholic, and faith plays a huge part in their lives.
“Through the Church, our partners have an existing network of volunteers across the country, which means they have been able to deliver food quickly and efficiently, and reach areas that many agencies find difficult to access. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of our Catholic community in England and Wales, we are doing everything we can to support their work.”
A beacon amongst the ruins
Father Alex Opiniano from the parish of Santino in Tacloban said: “The Church is a beacon amongst the broken ruins of our homes. People see priests and the Caritas volunteers distributing food and water.
"We learn every day from visitors about the generosity, prayers and concern coming from the rest of the world, especially from Catholics across the UK. You are all far away yet you are close to us, giving us courage, inspiration and hope.”
Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. Nearly two weeks after it struck, more than four million people have been unable to return to their homes, and 2.5 million still need food aid. Please continue to support our work>>