Standing in solidarity with the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

15 Nov 2013   |   Blog   |   Philippines   |   Emergency Relief

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Caritas diocesan centre in the Philippines to help with the distribution of aid relief. Credit: Carole Reckinger/Caritas Luxembourg

Eight days after the world's worst storm hit the Philippines, we continue to stand in solidarity with the millions of people who have been devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

We have never faced anything of this magnitude. We greatly appreciate the support and solidarity from Caritas members around the world. By working together in a coordinated way, we can help save lives and rebuild communities.”
Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines-NASSA

The Caritas network is on the ground, helping with vital emergency relief to assist at least 68,000 families with emergency shelter, food, clean water, sanitation, hygiene, cash for work and household relief. Our relief operations include a number of the hardest hit areas.

“We’re trying to reach the devastated areas. But it’s still very difficult. There’s still no electricity or petrol, and no communications with people on the ground,” says Msgr Broderick Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, the President of Caritas Philippines-NASSA.

Yet, we continue to work tirelessly to ensure aid relief reaches those who need it most.

Fr. Neil Tenafrancia of the Diocese of Borongan said there is no let up in the Church and other organisation’s relief efforts.

Msgr Broderick Pabillo says the people of the Philippines have shown great solidarity.

“Filipinos are willing to help the victims, with donations and also with prayers. Here in Manila many volunteers are preparing the aid parcels that are being sent to the disaster area. They’re also welcoming the survivors who’ve managed to get to Cebu and then Manila.”

Msgr Broderick Pabillo has called for nine days of prayer in his country as a tribute to all the victims of the typhoon.

Our Caritas partner in the UK, CAFOD, has prepared this prayer for the people of the Philippines. Please join us in solidarity with everyone affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan throughout these coming days. 

Prayer for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan 2013

Find out more about our aid response to Super Typhoon Haiyan

Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

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