'When something like this happens, we’re compelled to act on behalf of the most vulnerable, those who can't help themselves—the children,' says Dave Phillips.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
A half-year after the largest recorded typhoon to make landfall in 100 years, Filipino families are still struggling to survive and rebuild what was lost. U.S. charity Children's Hunger Fund is partnering with in-country churches and ministries to provide aid to the victims, including the indigenous Ati people.
Typhoon Haiyan, locally dubbed Typhoon Yolanda, killed 6,300 people when it made landfall as a category 5 super typhoon on November 8, 2013. Six months following the storm, the United Nations declared that recovery progress is still fragile for the 14 million people still affected.
Following the news of the storm's destruction, Children's Hunger Fund began shipping donated products to in-country partners helping with the long-term recovery effort. So far, the charity has sent six sea containers loaded with food and other survival items.
"Our hearts break when we see such devastation and suffering," said Children's Hunger Fund President Dave Phillips. "When something like this happens, we’re compelled to act on behalf of the most vulnerable, those who can't help themselves—the children."
In particular, Children's Hunger Fund is focusing much of its relief efforts on providing aid to the children of the Ati people, the indigenous Filipinos living in remote mountain regions of the Visayas, the islands hardest hit by the typhoon.
"The Atis are a marginalized people," Phillips said, "and they still aren't getting the aid they need at this time. For many families, this is a matter of life or death, and we can't sit by and do nothing while they suffer."
Children’s Hunger Fund has partnered with Atascadero Bible church in Atascadero, California to provide aid to the devastated area. In addition, donations have come in from individuals, other charities, and corporate donors, including Feed My Starving Children, Gleanings for the Hungry, Feeding Children Everywhere, Kids Around the World, and Ty Inc.
The charity has also responded to the urgent needs of children and families in crisis around the world including help to South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda, Syrian refugees in Jordan, and the needy in conflict-torn Ukraine.
Donations toward the relief and recovery effort are being accepted on the charity's website at ChildrensHungerFund.org/philippines-typhoon-relief.
Children's Hunger Fund has committed itself to gospel-centered mercy ministry for over twenty years. In all, Children's Hunger Fund has distributed more than 1 billion dollars in food and other resources, serving the needs of more than 20 million children throughout the U.S. and in seventy-two countries worldwide. Since 1991, 99% of Children's Hunger Fund's total revenue has been used for programs helping kids. More information can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org.