Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, has caused widespread devastation in the Philippines and significant damage in Vietnam and China. Millions of people are now in need of emergency aid relief. The international Caritas network is responding to the disaster, quickly mobilising to address emergency needs such as shelter, clean water, sanitation, hygiene and household relief.
Pope Francis has called for "concrete help" for the victims in the mostly Catholic country, saying the damage was enormous.
How is Caritas responding in the Philippines?
Even before the typhoon made landfall, the Caritas network was working with communities affected. Early preparations included evacuating areas hard hit and Caritas now continues to assess the emergency needs and deliver vital humanitarian assistance where required. Caritas is working closely with local partners to ensure those who are most in need will receive help.
Caritas Australia has now committed $1,000,000 to support the international Caritas network's multi-million dollar pledge to help communities affected by this devastating crisis with emergency aid and longer term relief.
How you can help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan
Please donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to deliver essential aid to thousands of families in need. Your generous donation will help families with emergency relief and will also help them recover for the longer term. Here are just some examples of what your dollars could do:
- $30 could provide crucial sleeping kits to keep two families warm
- $50 could provide four families with vital cooking kits
- $105 could provide three families with essential water and sanitation kits
- $460 could provide four families with much needed emergency shelter
Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal today
For more information, please visit the Caritas Website. You can also download a Powerpoint file containing a moving prayer and reflection for the people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.