17 December 2013

Rebuilding the Philippines

In the wake of the utter devastation left by the path of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine’s is in desperate need. Entire villages and cities were brought to utter desolation by the storms and flash floods, and now relief efforts attempt to provide millions of displaced families with accommodation, medication and food.

Charities like Plan UK are doing all they can to supply the victims of this disaster with clean drinking water, food and vaccinations, but much more still needs to be done. Many people have been left with absolutely nothing, as the storms were too strong for the majority of buildings in their path, leading to extensive damage to homes and livelihoods, often beyond repair. In these cases, temporary accommodation is needed. However, in some cases not all has been lost. A shelter kit can help a family rebuild their lives, but this is only possible through much needed donations. 

Extra staff from other charity offices in Asia are flying into the Philippines to help colleagues with aid distribution in what is potentially the worst natural disaster the country has ever experienced. Although typhoons, floods and earthquakes are expected in the Philippines, nothing of this magnitude has ever struck before in living memory. The Philippines was already in need of aid, having just suffered the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol in October. Now, as a result of Super Typhoon Haiyan, this need has become even more desperate. 

Homes, schools and family livelihoods have been completely destroyed in many cases, leaving children without a sense of stability and parents with no source of income. Temporary schooling has been constructed in many afflicted areas and school resources have been replaced, allowing children to return to a sense of normality and allowing teachers back to work. Make-shift hospitals have also been set up where necessary to administer much-needed vaccinations and prevent the spread of infection. Even basic necessities, such as clean drinking water, were unavailable to the victims of this disaster before help arrived.

You too can be a part of the solution by helping these charities to continue to give much needed aid to those affected in the Philippines. Anything you give will be appreciated and will make a difference to these people’s lives. Just £4 will cover the cost of a water kit for one family for an entire month, providing parents and children with much needed clean, safe drinking water. You can help to keep these children and their families healthy with £25 for a hygiene kit for a whole family for one month. If possible, you could also help to rebuild the Philippines, as £80 provides a full shelter kit for one family.

No amount of money is too small to give, and every donation helps to rebuild people’s lives. Contact a charity such as Plan UK today to see what you can do to get involved and help rebuild the Philippines. 



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