Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines Nov. 10, 2013. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. Photo provided by: REUTERS/Erik De Castro
In the weeks following Typhoon Haiyan MCC distributed emergency food and hygiene supplies to approximately 3,750 families through our partner Church World Service. We have also sent more than 40,000 cans of meat.
But our work is just beginning. MCC is well known for working long after media interest has dwindled, helping communities rebuild from devastation. MCC’s staff and partners are now planning the future steps of our response.
This will include a focus on the need for shelter in specific areas on Leyte Island and building capacity among local pastors for disaster preparedness and response and trauma healing.
HELP THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES: Mennonite Central Committee has begun its response to Typhoon Haiyan, providing funding for immediate needs and supporting an initial disaster response assessment team from Peacebuilders Community Inc., a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada Witness. All donations from individual Canadians to MCC’s Typhoon response made between Nov.9 and Dec. 9, are eligible to be matched by the Canadian government.
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