Typhoon Haiyan Update from Fr Edu Gariguez

A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. It not only brought wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), it also caused a storm surge and whipped up waves of 5 to 6 metres (yards). REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX157B8

The devastation left after Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban

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.

Fr Edu Gariguez in Blackburn

Fr Edu addresses CAFOD supporters in Blackburn

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:

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

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.

Find out more about the typhoon and our response>>

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