Update: Indigenous Missionaries Struggle with the effects of Typhoon Washi, comfort the survivors

Christian Aid has received update reports from two indigenous ministries that we support in the Philippines chronicling the ongoing relief effort after the devastation caused by Typhoon Washi last year.

"We praise and thank God for the successful distribution of the relief goods for the flash flood victims. The team enjoyed givning goods to more than 200 flood victims in two different camps. These camps had not received any outside aid since the last week in February. They were so happy when I mentioned that Christian Aid has a heart to help them and they want to express their heartfelt gratitude to Christian Aid’s donors.

Two days after the killer typhoon struck, and after recovering the dead bodies of some of our church members, We were one of the few Non Government Organizations (NGO’s) that distributed relief goods to the flood victims particularly in areas where we have an outreach. In Cagayan de Oro City, we were able to give used clothes and food to at least 30 people. In Iligan city, when donations and goods started to pour in, we donated more relief goods and some cash (for medicines) thru private agencies conducting relief operations (medical missions).

The last week of December, 2011, after burying our dead, some leaders visited the areas devastated by the typhoon and the brethren affected by the flood. We gave some cash to these brethren directly hit by the flood.

More than two months after typhoon Washi struck, many if not most of the people affected are just starting to recover. We were able to feed approximately 1,200 people (children and adults) from four evacuation centers. Of course the Gospel was shared to them before giving them food. A substantial amount was also set aside for livelihood projects for the victims. We distributed some relief goods to children (most of whom are attending bible studies) in areas affected by the typhoon but not flooded. In Iligan city, the brethren are regularly conducting feeding sessions. About 40 to 50 people are being fed every Sunday. They have also reserved some amount for livelihood projects for the victims.

Five months (Dec, 2011- May, 2012) after typhoon Washi struck, many of the victims in both the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro were already resettled to their new residences which were awarded to them by the government and non-government organizations. However, most of the victims are still living/staying in tent cities. By God’s grace, since help from Good Samaritans are still pouring in, we are also doing our part by distributing the goods to the victims."

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