How You Can Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central islands of the Philippines Friday. With sustained winds of 195 miles per hour and wind gusts that reached over 230 miles per hour, Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) may be the deadliest natural disaster in the nation’s history. It is one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded, leaving massive destruction and killing an estimated 10,000 people. Another 600,000 more people have no place to live.

Entire towns, villages and homes on the Eastern seaboard were ravaged, swept away by the typhoon’s winds and huge waves. Interior Secretary Manual Roxas told Reuters, “From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It’s horrific.”

The stories of children snatched from parent’s arms by the force of the wind and people carried away by rushing water are heart wrenching. We are only beginning to know the details and understand the full extent of the storm. In Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath, rescue workers are having a hard time getting through to people who are desperately trying to survive.

Charities have quickly responded to provide emergency support, food and clean water, medicine, shelter and more. Please donate now to organizations sending urgently-needed aid to help children and survivors:

One thought on “How You Can Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

  1. We, Montana on a Mission (MOM) have been providing assistance to impoverished barrios in Bohol for 15 years. This crisis requires us to do more and quickly. We
    have surveyed the earthquake affected areas and have concluded that “transitional housing” is the most needed input aside from food, medical and infrastructure. We along with IDEA (International Deaf Education Association) are producing housing panels of coconut wood, woven bamboo (amakan) and g.i. roofing. We ship them in kits of four houses. At the families home site we assemble them in less that 2 hours.
    We need partners. We need others who would like to set up their own production lines or help us fund the materials mentioned. We are currently upgrading to increase production by purchasing pneumatic framing nailers and staplers. If you wish
    to discuss a cooperative role please contact me (Denny Freed, Board Member MOM)
    “dennyfreed@mac.com” or dennyfreed@montanaonamission.org. Time responses are critical now. We need to put aside organizational identity and meet housing needs more quickly. These homes are built inexpensively but with surely last several years while families clear away rubble and begin construction of a permanent home (something we have and will continue to do, but with emphasis now on the “transitional home”. Regards and May God Bless the hurting in Bohol, Cebu and Leyte.

    Denny Freed
    stateside home number: 4069326312.

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