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Evangelical Groups Continue Yolanda Aid

January 2014


Food, water, and other relief assistance continued to pour in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in central Philippines. The Philippine Evangelical Disaster Relief Network (PEDRN) has distributed 80,704 food packs to various areas in Leyte, Cebu, Samar and Panay, as of December 12, 2013. This was in addition to the 91 tons of various goods, consisting of tarpaulin sheets, mats, blankets, mosquito nets, clothing, hygiene kits and other non-food items, and shelter repair kits (GI sheets, plywood, lumber, nails and tools). Included here were 20,818 bundles of non-food items (NFIs).

Besides relief, we also sent medical teams to serve 3,963 patients in the said areas; and counselors for stress and trauma healing. PEDRN’s Trauma Counseling teams had debriefed 2,817 persons, and have trained 420 pastors to give counseling to their communities.

The shelter repair kits formed part of the initial the response to the housing needs of typhoon victims. Each kit consists of the following: 14 pcs. GI sheets, 9kg worth of nails, 3 ridge sheets, 40 pcs. coco lumber, 6 pcs. plywood, 1 generic saw and 1 hammer; and costs Php15,000 including shipping and other fees.

We appeal for the support for our goal of raising of over 30,000 shelter repair kits for the typhoon Yolanda victims. We already have distributed 5,124 shelter repair kits (SRKs) in Samar and Northern Cebu with the help of partners like Habitat for Humanity and Food for the Hungry Japan. This includes the 1,000 we have sent to Ormoc, Daanbantayan and Aklan this month. We are pushing further our drive to reach the target number of SRKs. We are praying and raising for 30,000 kits to help spur the reconstruction of houses in the affected areas and continue the process of recovery and normalization.

We also thank our international partners like Habitat for Humanity, International Needs Philippines, Food for the Hungry, Wycliffe, Scandinavian Children’s Mission, Medair, Philippine Bible Society, and World Vision for their kind assistance in expediting our relief and rehabilitation operations. One of them, HeliMission Switzerland, brought a helicopter to be used for the relief operations in between Panay and Coron, Palawan.