Updated – NOVEMBER 21, 2013:
Typhoon Haiyan has left millions in need of emergency assistance across nine regions of the Philippines. Water networks have been destroyed, livelihoods devastated and markets paralyzed. An estimated 4.4 million people have been displaced by the typhoon and 2.5 million require food aid. More than 500,000 homes were completely destroyed.
Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF), a global humanitarian organization working in 45 countries, has mobilized all available resources to provide life-saving food, clean water and other vital supplies to people in need. ACF staff are currently delivering 141 tonnes of emergency supplies in heavily affected areas.
Specific actions undertaken by our on-site team include:
- Setting up emergency pumps and water filtration systems;
- Distributing chlorine tablets for water purification;
- Providing buckets and soap for personal hygiene;
- Deploying packs composed of tents, sleeping bags, medicines, food, flash lights and kitchen utensils;
- Constructing latrines.
The immediate focus is to save lives, prevent the spread of disease and provide
shelter. All of our work is being carried out in close collaboration with Filipino
government and other humanitarian organizations.
To date, funds received by ACF are profoundly outweighed by the needs. The global ACF network has launched an appeal for $31 million to fill the gap. Through Dec. 9th 2013, the Government of Canada will match every dollar we raise from individual Canadians. To donate, please call 1-855-225-7138 or visit here. At least 90 cents of every dollar we raise will be directed to our emergency relief efforts in the Philippines.
Thank you for your response to this humanitarian emergency. We will keep you updated on how your gifts are making a difference in the weeks to come.
Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) Canada