Aid efforts growing two weeks after huge storm strikes the Philippines
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Aid workers from World Vision are
working hard to reach more survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which caused
extensive devastation when it struck the Philippines two weeks ago.
Despite difficult conditions in the aftermath of the storm, World
Vision has provided food supplies and hygiene kits to more than 24,000
people in the affected areas. The international humanitarian agency
has also opened its first Child-friendly Space, which providing
emotional support to more than 400 children who have been displaced by
the storm. New Child-friendly Spaces will be opening in the coming
"I saw the incredible damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan during my visit to
the Philippines this week," says Michael Messenger, Executive Vice
President of World Vision Canada. "Despite the fact that whole
communities had been completely flattened by the storm, the Philippine
people I met have shown incredible resilience in the face of disaster."
"One family I met during my visit had lost virtually everything they
owned, and the mother was worried about the future of her eight-day old
baby, who had been born just one day before the typhoon hit," Messenger
says. "There are thousands of similar stories across the islands and
agencies like World Vision are doing everything they can to comfort the
"Canadians have once again shown their true spirit of generosity in
response to World Vision's fundraising campaign for Typhoon Haiyan
relief efforts," says Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision
Canada. "We urge everyone to consider making a donation before December
9th to take part in the Government of Canada's matching donation program."
Among the highlights of World Vision's relief efforts for the survivors
of Typhoon Haiyan are:
More than 24,000 people in the provinces of Cebu and Iloilo have
received food supplies and hygiene kits.
World Vision is targeting to provide relief supplies to more than
400,000 people in eight Philippine provinces in the coming weeks and
World Vision has opened its first Child-friendly Space in a remote
community in the northern region of Cebu. More than 400 children are
taking advantage of the opportunity to play games and receive support
from volunteers in a safe and comforting environment. Plans call for
additional Spaces to be opened in affected communities in the coming
Generous Canadians have already pledged $3 million to World Vision
Canada's relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan. This is in addition to a $2
million grant from the Government of Canada, which was announced
earlier this week.
Canadians wishing to support the emergency response in the Philippines
can donate by visiting www.worldvision.ca or by calling 1-866-595-5550. The Government of Canada has announced a
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Through this fund, the government will set
aside one dollar for every eligible dollar donated by individual
Canadians to World Vision Canada or other registered Canadian
charities between Nov 9th and Dec 9th, 2013.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
For further information:
For interviews, media may contact: Bob Neufeld, Manager, Emergency and Corporate Communications, 905-565-6200, ext. 3265 or 647-622-2045. E-mail: Robert_neufeld@worldvision.ca