A HUGE thank you to CAFOD supporters

TyphoonWe would like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. So far in Wales we have raised over £39,000!

We have been able to give an initial £250,000 to provide vital humanitarian aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. The funds will go to our local Caritas church partners to help those affected by the typhoon by supplying food, shelter and clean water in order to help them get back on their feet.

The relief effort is huge because of the volume of Filipino men, women and children affected by the disaster with countless numbers losing their homes, livelihoods and access to even basic necessities. We are helping people deal with the trauma of the typhoon as well as attempting to rebuild schools as quickly as possible to ensure children are not missing out on vital education. Father Alexander Opiniano, one of our partners in the Philippines, told us that “the Church is a beacon of hope amongst the broken ruins of our homes”.

Aid workers and volunteers face many challenges – roads are blocked, power lines and phone lines remain down, airports have been damaged, and some areas are still flooded – but our partners are doing all they can to reach the worst hit parts of the country. “We are reaching families across Samar, Leyte, Iloilo and Palawan with food, water, tents and household items such as pots and pans,” said Father Anton Pascual, who is leading a Caritas Philippines team.

CAFOD volunteer Eleanor, 21, told us about her response to seeing the typhoon coverage, “it is just heart-wrenching to see the level of destruction on the news and through online media, communities are devastated, even just being able to donate a small amount to the relief effort will go some way to repairing people’s lives.”

In addition to the money raised, we would also like to thank those of you who have been out fundraising for the appeal in your parishes and school communities.

CAFOD South Wales Diocesan manager Kieran O’Brien said, “The response from our supporters has been incredible, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion of our supporters since we launched our appeal.”

Photo: Caritas Internationalis

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