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11-13-13 Adventists Donating for Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief
ADRA Canada has received a one-to-one match fund from the government of Canada for donations received from individual Canadians by December 9 in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan. Donations must be specifically designated to this disaster (see requirements). Use their dedicated Typhoon Haiyan donation page or call 888-274-2372 to donate. All the funds donated on this webpage will be used only for Typhoon Haiyan response. Connect with and share ADRA Canada news and updates:
If you wish to donate to the broader relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan where food, shelter and other assistance is provided to the general public affected by the disaster, mark your offering envelope “ADRA Typhoon Haiyan” or donate online at www.ADRA.org.
Members are asked not to collect and try to transport supplies to the island themselves. Transportation and communication are difficult at best, and when many individuals or church groups flood the island with good intentions, it requires the use of more security, food, water, and space. Financial donations are more efficiently used in providing goods in bulk that are available to relief organizations at greatly reduced cost, and can be shipped from nearby ports to save money and time. Please pass this information on to your church members.
Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever make landfall, had claimed 2,344 lives as of Wednesday night, November 13, according to the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and that number is expected to rise. At this time, 79 are still missing. The storm affected 9.8 million people across the Philippines and Vietnam. Death is everywhere and hospitals are overwhelmed. With wind gusts exceeding 235 mph / 300km/h, storm surges two-stories high, and torrential rain, the super storm destroyed homes, schools, villages, and town centers and emergency shelters. In the northern part of Cebu Island, up to 97% of structures in the storm's path were destroyed. ADRA teams immediately went to work helping those affected to survive. An ADRA team has finally reached northern Cebu and succeeded in conducting a rapid assessment of Daanbantayan and Medellin towns.
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