Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8, causing massive destruction, with wind gusts up to 235 mph, nearly 16 inches of rainfall and waves up to 45 feet in some areas. Thousands are dead, and millions more have been affected by the storm.
How you can help
There are several ways you can help respond to the needs of the people of the Philippines.
First and foremost, PRAY for those affected and for all who are working to respond in the aftermath of the storm.
Second, send financial gifts directly to international relief organizations. Two organizations recommended by the NALC are Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Water Missions International (WMI).
Lutheran World Relief has mobilized an initial emergency fund of $50,000 for typhoon response activities and is seeking $2,500,000 to help communities recover from the devastating impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan with broad relief efforts (shelter, food, medical aid, etc.).
- Give to LWR’s Philippines Floods fund. Your cash donations help LWR respond quickly to emerging needs on the ground.
LWR also accepts gifts by telephone or by mail:
- Lutheran World Relief, P.O Box 17061, Baltimore MD 21297-1061
For the latest updates on LWR’s relief efforts, go to lwr.org.
Water Missions International is mobilizing to provide safe, drinkable water for those in need. They currently have staff and water treatment equipment en route capable of providing safe water for up to 160,000 people.
- Give to WMI’s disaster relief fund. Your gifts will enable WMI to move quickly in order to meet the immediate need for safe drinking water. (If you wish to make a direct debit donation using your checking account information, please call Michelle at 1-866-280-7107 x208.)
For the latest updates on WMI’s relief efforts, go to blog.watermissions.org.