OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2013) - Today, the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies are marking the one-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan's destructive passage over the Philippines. Together, we pay tribute to the survivors, many of whom became first responders as families and neighbours were in need of immediate help. We also want to acknowledge the tireless work of our member agencies' local partners on the ground.
Collectively, they are assisting thousands of people in the most severely affected areas of Tacloban, Cebu, Bantayan, as well as Panay island. As the complex task of rebuilding infrastructure, houses, and neighbourhoods continues, our member agencies have committed to staying in the Philippines until the job is done. In collaboration with local authorities, some are developing three-year programs that will put in place the systems and tools to support what is a colossal reconstruction effort.
Right now, the focus of many aid organizations is to ensure that vulnerable groups remain healthy and that the spread of disease be contained. To that end, member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition are distributing thousands of hygiene kits to survivors who have limited access to clean water. The protection of children is also a major concern that is being addressed with the creation of safe spaces and the provision of psycho-social services.
To date, the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies have raised more than $5 million in generous donations from Canadians. This is in addition to funds previously allocated by the Government of Canada, totalling another $5 million. Matching Fund appropriations will be determined after the Dec. 23 deadline.
We stand together with the people of the Philippines as the work of improving living conditions in affected areas forges ahead. For more information, go to: www.together.ca
The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To make a donation for Typhoon Haiyan, go to www.together.ca or call 1-800-464-9154.