ChildFund New Zealand is asking New Zealanders to contribute to an emergency appeal to support the relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan.
One of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land has torn across the Philippines, lashing the islands of Leyte and Samar with 275kph winds and 5-6 metre waves before moving across the northern tip of Cebu province. Estimates put the death toll in the thousands, homes are flattened and hundreds of thousands of people are taking shelter in evacuation centres.
ChildFund Philippines Country Director Katherine Manik says the short-term goal is to provide for the immediate needs of those impacted.
“Our teams are on the ground to conduct assessments of the damage. It’s challenging because of the communications outage in many of the hardest hit areas, but we know there is a great need for support. We need to get food, water and basic household items to those in need. We’re also providing child protection, including psychosocial recovery and safe spaces for children.”
ChildFund, which has worked in the Philippines for nearly 60 years, is working closely with its local partners and the government to respond.
Donations to ChildFund’s Philippines Emergency Appeal can be made by calling 0800 223 111 or donate now online.