PWS&D’s partners are hard at work on the ground. Aid is beginning to reach those hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Working until 2 a.m., scores of volunteers weigh rice and dried beans, count tins of sardines, packets of biscuits and bottles of cooking oil before carefully packing food parcels, destined for families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

By midday, another 1700 parcels make it down the human chain and are hauled into a waiting truck. With a cheer the truck leaves the gate – this one is heading to the eastern province of Samar where the Typhoon made landfall. It follows two previous trucks containing 3300 parcels, each with a week worth of food.

Volunteers ensure emergency food packages reach those hardest hit. Photo: ACT Alliance

Volunteers ensure emergency food packages reach those hardest hit. Photo: ACT Alliance

“Our vision is to help people in need and give them enough to continue their lives,” says Linese, a volunteer for ACT Alliance member the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP).

“With a week’s worth of food, they can concentrate on re-building their homes and families. A big bag gives them time to sustain themselves for the coming week. We know recovery is a long process.”

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Humanitarian Need is Great in Haiyan’s Wake

Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013, is one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit land. The latest figures indicate that 4,460 are reported dead. Almost 12 million people have been affected and nearly a million have been forced from their homes. An estimated 2.5 million people desperately need food aid.

PWS&D is Responding

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Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding with the ACT Alliance and Church World Service – Asia/Pacific to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to 236,000 people. Your support will provide life-saving items such as food, safe-drinking water, blankets, tents, medicines, mosquito nets and hygiene kits.

The Government of Canada has indicated that until December 23, 2013, they will match every eligible dollar donated to PWS&D in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan.

You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, mail a cheque to the office, donate online or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291. Please mark all donations as “Typhoon Haiyan Relief.”