Typhoon Haiyan – Our work in the first ten days

Typhoon-Haiyan-delivering-aid_layout-large Photo: Eoghan Rice, Trocaire

Our colleagues and partners have been working hard to raise awareness of Typhoon Haiyan’s effects and deliver aid to those in need in the wake of this disaster.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) raised over £23 million in the first 48 hours, a remarkably high amount in this early stage. Additionally, the Department for International Development (DfID) have offered to match the first £5 million raised, making a total of £28 million so far. Our own Philippines appeal raised over £200,000 by Thursday. A big thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who are providing their support to both the CAFOD and DEC appeals!

CAFOD’s immediate programmes will focus on clean water and sanitation (WASH), and shelter.  We will have a two-stranded approach to delivery. Initially, we will work with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who already have a presence in-country and are able to quickly scale up their work. We have received approximately £640,000 from a successful consortium (including CAFOD, Plan and Oxfam) bid for DfID’s Rapid Reaction Fund, and this element will be implemented by CRS with CAFOD providing technical support. Secondly, we are building links with local partners including the national and diocesan Caritas, and will develop projects with them in the coming days.

Our colleague Laura Purves is in Manila working with CRS in coordinating their programme, Nadege Desuere travelled to the Philippines on Friday to provide expertise in WASH in field programmes and Robert Cruickshank on Saturday to help manage our response and build relationships with local partners.

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