Typhoon Haiyan: Testing the Resilience of the Most Vulnerable

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our friends, our partners and their clients in the Philippines.

This past Friday, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving a trail of destruction and suffering in its path. Typhoon Haiyan ranks among the strongest storms ever recorded.  The resulting devastation to towns and cities is unimaginable with countless communities laid to waste. Electricity, food, and safe drinking water are scarce and unreliable. Recent estimates show the storm destroyed in excess of 80,000 homes, leaving more than 582,000 people without shelter and nearly 4,400 dead. Tragically, this number continues to rise.

While a natural disaster of this magnitude would be devastating here in the United States, the Philippines is a country where people struggle with the effects of extreme poverty every day.

Freedom from Hunger has a deep commitment to helping very poor families in the Philippines access financial and health-protection services that are designed to improve their resilience in the face of life’s uncertainties. A disaster of this magnitude puts that resilience to the ultimate test. Many microfinance clients, who have worked so hard for a better life, stand to lose what little they may have to the storm’s destruction.

Over the years, we have learned that disaster relief efforts are most efficiently managed by those who specialize in this type of work. There are many credible, professional organizations doing outstanding work on the ground to ease suffering and provide medical assistance, food, shelter and other necessities of life to impacted communities.

We would like to make it easy for our donors, supporters and friends to connect with those organizations and hope that you will consider the following organizations through which to channel your support.

  • Philippines Red Cross
  • World Food Programme
  • Save the Children
  • Oxfam
  • CARE

To find more information and for additional ways to donate: http://bit.ly/CNNSupportPH