Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013, was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land, winds reached over 160 mph. It tore apart the lives of more than 14 million people, destroying homes, schools and roads, and leaving entire communities with no way of making a living.
In the 18 months since, you have responded with amazing generosity, donating more than £5.5 million to our Philippines Typhoon appeal. Across England and Wales, schools and parishes held a huge variety of fundraising events. More than £1 million was raised here in the North West alone. Last week Fr Edwin (Edu) Gariguez visited Sacred Heart Parish in Blackburn to address CAFOD supporters from across the region and update them on the rebuilding process in the Philippines and thank them for their generous support. Fr Gariguez was welcomed and introduced by Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and Chair of the Board of CAFOD Trustees, who had visited the Philippines shortly after Typhoon Haiyan hit. Fr Gariguez is the Executive Secretary of NASSA (Caritas Philippines), CAFOD’s key partner for all its response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
Whilst in the region Fr Edu and Maria Elena Arana (CAFOD’s Campaigns Coordinator) spoke to Joe Wilson from BBC Radio Lancashire about the rebuilding work carried out in the Philippines with the money donated by people here in the North West. To listen to the interview please follow the link:
How your money has helped
As part of Caritas International – a coalition of Catholic agencies around the world – we have worked with local churches to deliver aid to more than 800,000 people. Donations to CAFOD are directly responsible for reaching more than 145,000 people.
In the year since the typhoon hit, our work has included:
Distributing food, shelter kits and emergency supplies to thousands of families.
Ensuring that 50,000 people had access to clean water and sanitation in areas where pipelines had been destroyed.
Helping tens of thousands of people to make a living again, by providing seeds, tools, farming equipment and fishing boats, or by training people in new skills.
Providing permanent, disaster-resilient houses for people who lost their homes.
Rebuilding schools that were damaged or destroyed.