Walk through a Catholic Relief Services shelter operation that delivers durable, adaptable tarps to families who lost their homes to Typhoon Haiyan.
Located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is vulnerable to typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Although the country is rapidly urbanizing, many people still live in poverty, particularly in rural areas where farmers struggle to eke out a living. In the southern Philippines, long-standing conflicts exist between religious and ethnic groups.
The timeliness of our response can mean the difference between life and death. A singular event like a typhoon, especially for those in impoverished parts of our world, can derail a family's stability, deplete a lifetime of savings and push them over poverty's edge. For larger communities, the devastation to infrastructure, economy and reserves can set back a generation. Catholic Relief Services has deployed its teams across across the Philippines' most heavily affected areas to determine the most pressing needs and how best to help. Your continued support allows us to reach more people, more communities, with vital help now—and to stay with them for as long as it takes to achieve a full recovery. A little goes a long way and we need your help.
The people of the Philippines urgently need the most basic life essentials: food, water, shelter, medical care, sanitation.
John Cortez Jr. watched a brutal storm destroy his home as he clung to a tree to keep from being swept to his death. Within days he was rebuilding on his land with a durable tarp provided by Catholic Relief Services. CRS also hired a carpenter who, along with volunteers, in one day helped set up a basic structure using debris left by the storm. Looking at a photo of the site, it appears the storm left nothing standing. But one thing did withstand the furious winds, and it's even stronger now.
It was one of the most powerful recorded storm to make landfall. It tore through the center of the Philippines, where many people were just beginning to recover from an earthquake. The effects of the storm, still being assessed as teams reach cut-off communities, have been catastrophic.
Pope Francis pleaded for aid for the survivors in the Philippines when he said, "Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge. Let's try to provide concrete help."