Helping the Haiyan victims

DMC/Merlin Keyword: TYPHOONHAIYAN Destruction in Estancia, Iloilo.

The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the planet this year continues to unfold. World Vision reports that an estimated 11.8 million people (almost double Singapore’s population) have been affected, and the death toll remains unconfirmed with recent reports estimating 4,000 killed in Tacloban.

2.5 million are now in need of food assistance, water and shelter. The Methodist Church in Singapore will support World Vision International in its appeal for funds for its emergency and relief operations for the victims of Haiyan.

Respond to this appeal through your local churches, where second offerings and collections may be taken. Should you wish to make a donation separately, please contact your Pastor-in-Charge.

The Permit granted to World Vision by the Commissioner of Charities allows them to raise funds from the public between now and 31 May 2014. 100 per cent of funds raised will go towards the Haiyan disaster relief.

Photos by World Vision International

World Vision Philippines staff Crislyn Felisilda (WV relief vest) and Mel Aguilar (gray shirt with WV logo) check on the condition of the Monsales family followingTyphoon Haiyan, Tabugon, north Cebu. Philippines. The family’s home was destroyed by the typhoon (see left side in some photos), so the father built a temporary shelter from scrap iron sheets. Joy Monsales, 34 (mother) Ruben Monsales, 40 (father, not in photos — standing by main road trying to get help) Ivy Monsales, 16 (girl) Ritchell Monsales, 13 (sponsored boy, dark blue shirt) Vincent Monsales, 11 (sponsored boy, white shirt) Raven Monsales, 8 (boy) Rhea Monsales, 7 (girl) Janina Monsales, 4 (girl) Ian Monsales, 2 (boy) The roof and upper part of the walls of the Monsales’ family’s house blew off when Typhoon Haiyan struck. Their food was ruined when everything got soaked by the rain. But Joy and her seven children managed to escape to a neighbor’s stronger house. Her husband, Ruben, who works in construction, retrieved metal roofing sheets that had blown away and built the family a small hut covered in roofing sheets. The food and hygiene items they received from a World Vision distribution are stored safely inside, but the space is cramped and too hot for sleeping, the children say. Ritchell and Vincent are a great help to their mother by carrying water home from a distant well and leading the cow to a high pasture every day. Joy had the boys bring extra water home so she could wash clothes and try to save items that were soaked by the storm. Her greatest concern is to provide food for her family. The World Vision food provision will help them through the next week, but she doesn’t know what she’ll do after that.
DMC/Merlin Keyword: TYPHOONHAIYAN World Vision aid worker Erna Tupaz lost their house due to the strong winds and heavy downpour that was brought by fierce Typhoon Yolanda. “Mama, we don’t have house anymore,” her son five-year-old Ryle says while talking to his mom. Ryle witnessed how their house was damaged by the fierce Typhoon Yolanda yesterday. Erna’s family is temporarily living in their neighbor’s house. Note: Small images.
TYPHOONHAIYAN. Philippines. World Vision completed a well-organised and calm distribution of food and hygiene kits in northern Cebu today, benefitting 780 families, nearly 4,000 people. Four trucks hauled the 25 tonnes of supplies into remote villages in the hills of Tabugon Municipality, five hours north of Cebu City. The distribution food kits include 15kg of rice, 1 kg mung beans, 10 cans of sardines, 2.5kg of biscuits, 1liter of cooking oil and water, which will feed a family for one week. Families also received a hygiene kit which contains toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary items, hand towels, razors, bath soap, laundry soap, underwear, and nail clippers. A village health worker helping out at the relief distribution expressed thanks to World Vision for today’s relief packs, “This will help us get on our feet.” Cecil LaGuardia, Emergency Specialist for World Vision, said: “The distribution was a success and families now have enough food, but it’s just the start. There are more communities on the island who have been terribly affected and are in desperate need. “The community has shown incredible resilience and patience, particularly as many roads have been impassable and it has taken time to get this aid though to those who need it most.” The villages had already been attended by a World Vision assessment team who determined that the area had been badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan, and that residents had suffered further because of existing levels of poverty. “Today World Vision distributed food, water, and sanitation supplies to families in northern Cebu. It was the first aid this community has been given since the Typhoon hit six days ago. It was a day of joy and relief for these families. The gratitude of thousands of people who World Vision helped today was immense. The BBC, who were there filming, told us it was the first good news story since the Typhoon hit. Lives were saved today,” said World VIsion New Zealand CEO Chris Clarke of the distribution. More di
Merlin/DMC Keyword: TYPHOONHAIYAN A flight with World Vision relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan departed Sunday, 10 Nov. at 9:30am local time, from Frankfurt Airport, Germany – destination Manila. On board are 3000 plastic sheets to build temporary shelter and 5000 blankets. Christoph Hilligen, vice CEO of World Vision Germany assists (glasses, white WV vest)
Janine’s story (Share s131329-8): World Vision, along with Samsung Philippines, yesterday distributed relief goods to around 700 affected families in Samosa and Manlagtan, two villages in the municipality of Tabogon, Cebu.
The municipality of Tabogon is one of the hardest hit municipalities in northern part of Cebu where more than 23,000 families have been displaced and economically affected by super typhoon Haiyan.
Janine, 30, who has no place to live after super typhoon Haiyan blew away her house, has been living inside the unfinished health center of Manlagtan, Tabogon. A single parent, she attends to the needs of her 4-month old son, James, and 4-year-old daughter, Samantha alone.
“It was difficult for me. My husband left me 7 months ago. I have to take care of James and my 4-year-old daughter. I have no work. My relatives live far from here. I don’t know where or how to start,” Janine says in Cebuano, the local language in Cebu.
Janine said she has been with no place to live expect the health center which is still under construction.

Tabogon still has no electricity. Local officials say power may be restored 2-3 months because of the extent of damage super typhoon Haiyan caused to power supplies and electric posts. The municipality is also having difficulty in terms of communication signals.
“The usual day-to-day life here is that people wake up early either to fix their houses or look for food. We get our water here from a nearby well. We only use it for washing our clothes, utensils and for bathing. Water for drinking is a problem. We usually wait for a supply of clean water, if there’s none, then we just boil water from the well. At night, we sleep early, around 6:00. I used to sleep at 10:00pm before, right after watching my favorite TV soap opera. Now, there’s not much to do, so we sleep early.”
The village of Samosa is a 3 hour drive away from Cebu City, the capital of Cebu, in the central part of the Philippines. One has to go through