World Food Day Partners Support the Philippines
By Lily Michelson

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On Friday, November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan’s record winds and devastating tidal surge wreaked havoc across the Philippines. The death toll officially reached 5,209 as of Friday, November 22, 2013 with more than 1,600 still missing. The turmoil has disrupted the livelihoods of millions of Filipinos--over 4 million have been displaced from their homes, 1 million of whom are children.

Lend your support

Our World Food Day partners are working relentlessly to deliver much-needed relief aid and support to the Philippines. To sustain their efforts, they need your help! The following list provides a brief description of each organization’s work and a link to their donor page:

Church World Service (CWS):

CWS is supporting early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines. These partners include the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Christian Aid and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

How to help: Donate to CWS  online or mail funds  to:

Church World Service, Attn. Typhoon Haiyan (#700-M),P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Convoy of Hope:

Convoy of Hope’s disaster response teams in the Philippines is providing immediate relief across many of the worst hit provinces like Cebu, Leyte, Capiz and Iloilo. To date, hundreds of thousands of meals, as well as relief supplies and tents, have been provided by Convoy of Hope teams, volunteers and partners. Plans are in place for their teams to return to Daanbantayan and Malapascua with more meals.

To support Convoy of Hope, donate here.

Feed My Starving Children:

The FMSC team of donors, volunteers, and staff has responded in an “all hands on deck” fashion. Additional containers above what was already scheduled for the Philippines have been or soon will be shipped. Some of these containers are to replace food that was in-country and used for the immediate response, while others were requested to meet an increase in demand for affected regions.

You can donate to their mission and provide meals for those in need by clicking here.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

FAO is concentrating relief efforts to help more than one million fishermen and farmers restore their livelihoods from the structural damage caused by Haiyan. FAO will distribute rice seeds to farmers so they can plant or replant seed before the end of the season in December and distribute vegetable seeds so they can have more immediate food before the main crops are harvested.

To help farmers and fishermen rebuild their future, donate to FAO here.

Islamic Relief USA:

Islamic Relief USA supports their global teams who are gathering resources and sending relief personnel to help with emergency efforts. Current IRUSA donors sponsor two current aid projects: Emergency Shelter Provisions in Bogo City and Leyte City and Emergency Shelter Kits in Cebu.

To assist their efforts, visit their Donation Page online.

Oxfam America:

Oxfam aid teams are on the ground in the Philippines and reporting urgent needs for food, clean water, sanitation and shelter. Oxfam’s goal in the first, most urgent phase of the emergency: ensure that 20,000 families (around 100,000 people) have access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene materials. In the longer term, Oxfam ultimately aims to reach 500,000 people with critical aid by helping markets recover quickly and sustainably.

Visit their Donation Page to lend your support!

Save the Children:  

Save the Children is working around the clock to help children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time. Their relief experts are on the scene, getting desperately needed relief supplies into hard hit communities and providing services that children and their families will need to recover from this tragedy.

Help support their mission by donating today.

Stop Hunger Now:

Stop Hunger Now USA is shipping pre-packaged meals to the Philippines and working with their global offices in Malaysia and Singapore to provide extra relief through coordinating packaging events and delivery services.  In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now is also distributing water filters to be used in the hardest hit areas.

You can visit their Donation Page here.

United Nations World Food Program (WFP)

WFP is coordinating their response under three major efforts:

  1. Distributing food including High Energy Biscuits, family packs of rice and canned goods;
  2. Coordinating logistics and emergency telecommunications efforts of the humanitarian community;
  3. Transporting in infrastructure including prefabricated offices, mobile storage units, generators and radio equipment so that the humanitarian community can coordinate response efforts.

To assist WFP, please donate here.

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