Mon 11, Nov 2013
ABM is raising funds to provide emergency relief to the many casualties of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on the 8th, 9th and 10th November. This appeal is tax-deductible.
The death toll has now reached over 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people still missing. The homes of more than 16 million people were lost or damaged as a result of the super typhoon.
We are supporting our Partners, the Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP) and Independent Philippines Iglesia (IFI) as they carry out humanitarian relief activities and plan for the next phase of their relief and rehabilitation work.
In the aftermath of the typhoon Fr Herbert Fadriquela Jnr, Executive Director of Visayas and Mindanao Relief and Development, part of IFI, had emailed a response to ABM saying, "I am alone in the office this morning when strong winds brought about by super typhoon Yolanda hit Cebu. It was a horrible experience. The sounds created by the winds on dilapidated roofs and trees are frightening. Then suddenly there was an explosion in one of our power outlets in the conference room. When I saw smoke and sparks of fire in the power outlet, I rushed to the main switch and turned it off. I feel so nervous and cold. I informed immediately my staff about what happened and they all agreed that it was fortunate that I was in the office, otherwise, huge damage might have caused the incident. I locked the office and left since there is no power and water in there now".
Thank you for your generosity. ABM has now raised over $200,000 for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.
We continue to raise and receive funds which will be used for the rebuilding of communities devastated by the typhoon, including developmental relief, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines continues to offer prayers for our brothers and sisters in the central part of our country whose lives were tragically lost and broken in the ferocious path of a super typhoon that came a month after a killer earthquake also brought death and destruction in the same region. We grieve for and with them as we continue to implore Divine comfort upon all who bear the pain of such a catastrophic experience.
To all our constituents, let our communities and local churches be centers of prayerful solidarity and an assurance of our love, thoughts and hopes for our suffering brothers and sisters. Let us individually and collectively take every positive effort to contribute to the massive relief undertaking. We are now working in coordination with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines for our participation in the relief work. We also affirm and support the initiatives of our Dioceses of Davao and Central Philippines as they minister to our constituents in the affected areas.
To our partners, we acknowledge and express our gratitude for your thoughts, prayers and support. We appeal for your continuing solidarity as we all join hands in rising up from the unimaginable devastation of our land.
THE MOST REV. EDWARD P. MALECDAN
Prime Bishop, Episcopal Church in the Philippines
11 November 2013
As more news comes in, we will update this page. Please remember all who have been affected by this disaster in your prayers.
(Please don’t forget to write down the Code PH008 and/or the campaign name Philippines Emergency Appeal and include it with your donation.)