Christian relief organization providing broad range of disaster
assistance after deadly typhoon
TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Two southern Ontario residents with
disaster relief experience are on their way to the Philippines to help
Samaritan's Purse provide physical and spiritual aid to tens of
thousands of victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Tim Kikkert, a 26-year-old logistics specialist from Grimsby, and
Marianne Maertens, a 36-year-old water and sanitation specialist from
Newmarket, departed from Pearson International Airport early today.
Kikkert, who helped with Samaritan's Purse's relief work in Haiti after
the 2010 earthquake, will be in the Philippines working for the
Christian relief organization for at least the next month. Maertens,
who worked full-time for Samaritan's Purse between 2005 and 2007, is
volunteering in the Philippines for two weeks.
"I want to make stuff happen and help people stay alive and get back on
their feet." said Kikkert, in explaining his decision to go to the
disaster zone. He will act as a supply chain manager—helping with
transportation and customs issues as relief supplies and equipment
arrive from Canada and elsewhere.
Maertens will help Samaritan's Purse provide survivors with clean
drinking water and appropriate sanitation, and help teach safe health
and hygiene practices while the typhoon-ravaged parts of the
Philippines gradually recover.
"You see the pictures in the media and the loss that people are
experiencing, and if that was someone in my family, I'd hope there was
someone out there to help them," said Maertens, who has taken a leave
of absence from her job with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority.
Please contact us if you would like to interview Kikkert or Maertens.
So far, Samaritan's Purse's response to Typhoon Haiyan includes:
a 27-member, specially trained Disaster Assistance Response Team working
out of Cebu City
a chartered Boeing 747 cargo jet loaded with enough plastic sheeting to
provide emergency shelter for 12,500 families, plus community water
filtration systems and storage tanks capable of providing safe water to
thousands of Filipinos, medical supplies, mosquito nets, and blankets
thousands of hygiene kits, including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes,
detergent and other items
Medical staff and volunteers, plus equipment and supplies, to provide
essential health services
For 40 years, Samaritan's Purse has responded to disasters in Canada and
around the world, including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan,
and last summer's massive flooding in southern Alberta.
Anyone wishing to make a financial donation to Samaritan's Purse's
disaster relief work in the Philippines can call 1-866-663-6500 or visit SamaritansPurse.ca. There is more information about Samaritan's Purse typhoon response at SamaritansPurse.ca and via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 40 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
Christian charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas
Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children
around the world annually. In addition, we build and install thousands
of life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. For more
information, visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
Image with caption: "Marianne Maertens (left) and Tim Kikkert left Toronto's Pearson Airport early Wednesday to join Samaritan's Purse's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. Maertens is volunteering for two weeks while Kikkert is working for Samaritan's Purse for a month. (CNW Group/Samaritan's Purse Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131120_C9208_PHOTO_EN_33636.jpg
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
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Samaritan's Purse Canada