DEVELOPING BETTER DISASTER RELIEF SYSTEMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Hurricane Yolanda) many towns are desperately low on food and supplies and have inadequate shelter. Much of this has been caused by a slow reaction from the Philippine government and supplies getting delayed in warehouses.
There is little cooperation between NGO's, government entities, and independent people coming to assist. Because of this, it is easy for multiple relief organizations to end up working on top of each other and miss other locations completely. We are working hard to ensure that we are addressing the areas of greatest need and that our presence is a benefit to other relief groups.
As supplies run low, we have devised new supply routes by boat and ferry to bring supplies in from other towns. We are also helping mobilize the CMC network of churches to generate donations of food.
Our teams had a great meeting with a doctor from Leyte. He is going to let us set up operations at his house for as long as needed. He has also offered us the use of his farm and his truck. This is a huge gift for our team!
Despite the setbacks and struggles common with relief and rescue in remote island areas, we are learning so much from our good friends and fellow disaster relief veterans. As we meet and cry with people who have suffered and collaborate with various NGO's and government leaders; remember that we represent you through our work.
Relief does best when tied to a rebuilding process that focus’s on the future, not just the moment. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions about our relief efforts or activity on the ground in the Philippines please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org