Practical ways of supporting the people of the Philippines
It is now estimated by the latest UN figures that up to 11 million people may have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan which struck on Friday, with 673,000 people now displaced and in urgent need of help.
During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis called on Catholics to show their support for the people of the Philippines through prayer and by giving aid.
Listed below are several charities which are sending aid to the Philippines with details of how you can support them.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)
Aid to the Church in Need works in more than 130 countries supporting Christians who are persecuted or in pastoral need. The Philippines’ population is estimated as 80% Catholic.
Click on the following link to donate online.
Cafod is still providing help to those affected by the earthquake on the island of Bohol in the Philippines last month and is now in need of more funds to provide the victims of Typhoon Haiyan with food, shelter, blankets, clothes and other essentials.
Cafod is currently moving tarpaulins to Cebu City so they can provide 8,000 families with shelter .
If you would like to donate to CAFOD please follow this link
And if you would like to take a collection in your parish to support Cafod, please call 0300 011 5680 to receive a supply of Gift Aid envelopes.
‘Special Projects in Christian Missionary Areas’ is run by unpaid volunteers and has sent £20,000 so far to missionaries in the Philippines.
They have missionaries working in Panay, a badly affected island in the north of the Philippines and they have missionaries at Turda village on the coast of the island of Busuanga/Palawan.
If you would like to donate to Spicma’s emergency appeal please follow the link and complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Disasters Emergency Committee
The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, Cafod, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.
They have also launched an emergency appeal for the Philippines and you can donate here.