TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Church of Canada has issued a
church-wide appeal for donations in response to the super typhoon that
devastated much of the Philippines on November 8. Funds donated will be
distributed to United Church partners in the Philippines and ACT Alliance for relief and reconstruction efforts.
The Canadian government has said it will match, dollar for dollar,
donations to registered Canadian charities, including the United
Church, made between November 9 and December 8. Registered charities
will be able to apply to the government's Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to
augment relief projects in the Philippines, although there is no
guarantee that any project or charity will receive funding from the
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is one of The
United Church of Canada's long-time partners in the region. UCCP has
started to survey the damage brought by the typhoon in identified disaster areas in Leyte, including Tacloban.
"Tacloban is like a no man's land," lamented Bishop Dulce Pia-Rose of
the UCCP East Visayas Jurisdictional Area, a few days after she led a
team of UCCP disaster responders that arrived in the city. "My heart
sank upon seeing the dead bodies lying in the streets and were
beginning to decompose and the despair painted on the faces of hungry
survivors that we met."
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) is another
United Church partner that will serve as a key implementing agency of
the international appeal.
Father Rex Reyes, General Secretary of the NCCP, recently in Canada
visiting the United Church, says the NCCP "has launched an immediate
response by dispatching basic necessities of food and water, has rapid
assessment teams in the field making assessments of how to best direct
needed support to affected communities, and has already began the
process of planning its long term response effort."
To donate to The United Church of Canada's emergency appeal for the
Philippines, please go to www.united-church.ca/haiyan.
SOURCE: United Church of Canada
For further information:
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016