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The typhoon-affected areas include communities experiencing high levels of poverty.

Humanitarian relief for the Philippines

The super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8 as one of the world’s most powerful storms on record to make landfall. It caused massive destruction and loss of life. Diakonia is raising funds and has joined the ACT Alliance appeal to provide humanitarian relief.

11/13/2013 Publisher: Linda Hammarberg

Update from the 20th of december

There has been a huge engagement for those affected by the Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on November 8.

Diakonia is working on ground through ACT Alliance and the organization Capiz Conference of Baptist Churches (CPBC). In many areas, there is still a great need for humanitarian assistance. Therefore, Diakonias is now focusing on both relief efforts and reconstruction of the society.

So far, our kind donors have raised 1,393,329 SEK to our work in the Philippines. We like to thank all of you who have contributed to this amazing amount. We hope that you and others will continue your support in next year.

11 million impacted by the typhoon

The full extent of damage across the Philippines is still difficult to determine. An estimated 675,000 people are currently displaced. Up to 11 million people are projected to be impacted by the typhoon.

The typhoon-affected areas include communities experiencing high levels of poverty, and the hard hit areas are still extremely difficult to reach due to flashfloods, landslides, fallen trees, damaged roads, downed power lines and telecommunications.

Cooperation with ACT Alliance

Diakonia is joining the ACT Alliance emergency appeal and is currently fundraising in Sweden. At the same time our staff members keep in contact with previous a partner organization in the Philippines, that is also a member of ACT Alliance.

The former Diakonia partner CPBC - Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches is located in an area that was badly hit. Photo: CPBC

CPBC works directly on the site

Diakonia’s former partner CPBC, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, is located in one of the areas worst hit by the typhoon—Ilo ilo. CPBC team is now working on ground in the area and uses its funds to provide bread and water to people in the surrounding areas. The organization coordinates its efforts with other local actors.

The Diakonia long-term developent work in the Philippines was phased out in 2007, but the former partner organizations and Diakonia continue exchanging experiences.