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13 November 2013

Helping Typhoon Haiyan victims

Helping Typhoon Haiyan victims

Salvation Army providing relief

In the wake of the tragic typhoon which swept across the Philippines last weekend, an estimated 10,000 people are feared to have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise and thousands more require aid.

Alliance members Tearfund, Bible Society, Samaritan's Purse, World Vision, The Salvation Army and Viva are helping in the Typhoon Haiyan rescue operation.

Tearfund reports: "Our partners are in the evacuation centres, giving care to survivors who need food, water, shelter and help to find their loved ones. Pastors, church workers and volunteers are travelling by motorbike to some of the more remote areas over the next few days to find survivors and offer help. Despite difficult conditions, they will travel long distances for three days at a time to reach villages where they expect to find high death counts and many grieving people." Find out more / support Tearfund

The Bible Society in the Philippines has joined forces with local churches and relief agencies to provide aid and scriptures to the worst affected areas. They have launched an emergency response of £80,000 for 250,000 scriptures and 20,000 children's comics and have committed to raise £20,000 towards this. Find out more /support Bible Society

Samaritan's Purse has deployed a disaster response team which arrived on the ground in the Philippines on Saturday afternoon. The team is made up of experienced relief workers, including water and nutritional experts. Once in the country, they will begin working immediately to provide basic necessities that may include temporary shelter, clean water, food, and hygiene items. UK executive director Simon Barrington said: "Try and imagine if your house was completely wiped away and you had nothing else.  Please pray that we can provide the most urgent needs for the people of the Philippines who'll really be traumatised, having lost everything including family members." Find out more / support Samaritan's Purse

World Vision who have locally based partners working in affected area have produced a video Bottles of Hope that they hope churches will play during their meetings and services on Sunday. Mia Zamora who is the area affected by the typhoon said  “I met a young man named Patrick who has stuck in my mind. “I’ve been looking everywhere for my two children, my wife and my mother, but I can’t find them” he told me. His house was washed away by the strong winds and flood waters of the typhoon. Now he has nothing.  There are so many more like Patrick, and like his missing children. Thousands of children have been separated from their families and are all alone; they’re terrified.” World Vision say that 1.7 million children have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan; they are setting up safe spaces, staffed by trained counsellors for children who have separated from their families.  Find out more / Support World Vision

The Salvation Army has launched a Philippines disaster appeal. Damaris Frick, from The Salvation Army's international emergency services, is heading to the Philippines to help with the initial response. Damaris is a hugely experienced relief worker, having helped to organise Salvation Army emergency responses in Africa, South America and across Asia. Territorial commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell for the Philippines said: "The island of Leyte has four Salvation Army churches and there are other islands that have experienced major levels of devastation. The task for us is immense and our cash extremely limited" Find out more / support Salvation Army

Viva's partner network Philippine Children's Ministries Network (PCMN) is at the heart of the relief effort in Samar province after Typhoon Haiyan. They are taking aid workers from organisations such as Food for the Hungry to survey the situation and do a rapid assessment on the state of the children and establish child friendly spaces. Following the establishment of a programme called Operation Safe, the Viva network is working with volunteers from churches to deliver trauma counselling and psycho-social support for affected children. Find out more / support Viva