ERDO has again partnered with PAOC Global Worker, Marilyn Curtis to bring relief supplies to families and individuals affected by the December 6th Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby.
Typhoon Ruby, as is called locally, made first landfall over Eastern Samar with a maximum strength of 175 kph windspeed near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph. On December 10th, Ruby exited the Philippines as a tropical storm.
While the losses are nowhere near those of Typhoon Haiyan of November 2013, this typhoon caused the destruction or partial destruction of homes and forced people to evacuate.
The Republic of the Philippines through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that a total of 659,446 families (2,779,248 persons) were affected.
Through Marilyn Curtis and church partners, ERDO assisted 2,500 affected families in Eastern Sumar with essential items such as rice, canned goods, noodles, sardines and other food items, medicines, blankets, personal care and toiletry packs. $25,000 in relief supplies were provided thanks to generous donations from churches and individuals.
ERDO's work in the Philippines is still active and is transitioning from emergency response to a rehabilitation phase.
Our initial response brought food relief and emergency supplies to children and their families. We were so grateful that the donations received in November and December allowed us to partner with Global Workers and other trusted partners to achieve these results:
We're now in the phase of helping damaged communities to recover. Here are some of the rehabilitation projects we are doing in this second phase of restoring people's lives:
Your donation today will help increase our rehabilitation program work with these partners. David Adcock, who travelled throughout the Philippines in January stated that some of the areas he saw were completely reduced to rubble, and yet people had to fashion make-shift shelters to survive. Your gift today will continue the good things ERDO is doing with our partners. Thank you for your generous response.
Initial Response Backgrounder:
On November 8th, typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Almost 4,000 people have died and there is mass destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure. Survivors are still in need of food and medical care. ERDO began a food distribution in Aklan on November 19th.
Alkan is an area 500 km west of Tacloban and was in the eye of the storm as it travelled westward. Some 10,800 families have lost their homes.
Linda Veldhuizen, who directs Noah’s Ark Children’s Home in Banaue and has been living and working in the Philippines for over 20 years led the initial relief effort on ERDO’s behalf. Assisting was Newfoundland native Marilyn Curtis who leads Andrew’s Children’s Ministry in Manila. This team was joined by PAOC Pastor Jerry Berenguer. In advance of the relief team, the Assemblies of God Pastor located in Kalibo and a team of volunteers identified community families in need of emergency kits.
On November 22nd, ERDO committed to a crisis response program with Convoy of Hope to ship and deliver emergency food.
© ERDO (Emergency Relief & Development Overseas) | Canadian Charitable Registration #87591 2701 RR0001
ERDO is the humanitarian agency of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
MasterCard and VISA are accepted on this site.