Christian NGOs, Korean church bring aid to typhoon victims
The super-typhoon Haiyan hit more than 30 provinces in Philippines on Friday and has caused over 20,000 deaths and affected 900,000 families.
Archdiocese of Seoul, the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) and Christian Blind Mission (CBM) are at the forefront in bringing aid to the typhoon Haiyen victims.
The super-typhoon Haiyan hit more than 30 provinces in Philippines on Friday and has caused over 20,000 deaths and affected 900,000 families. The head of the Philippines Red Cross described the devastation caused by Typhoon - renamed Yolanda on the archipelago - as "absolute pandemonium".
Archbishop Andrew YeomSoo- jung of Seoul sent his condolences to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and assured prayers of the South Korean Catholics. He sent 50,000 dollars for emergency operations of aid and assistance; starting from Sunday November 24, the parishes of the Archdiocese of Seoul will begin a special fundraising and humanitarian aid to continuously support the thousands of refugees and homeless.
The mortality rate of people with disabilities is at least double compared to the rest of the population, said CBM, an NGO working to give aid to the disabled population affected by the typhoon. Partners of CBM in the Philippines said that they were helping the people in the province of Iloilo City in the Western Visayas.
The National Director of CBM Italy Onlus stated that "being disabled in a developing Country means not having a future. The chaos and terror caused by natural disaster exacerbates even more the dramatic conditions of a disabled person’s life." CBM is an NGO that aims to defeat the forms of avoidable blindness and physical and mental disabilities in developing countries.
Father John King of PIME said that "most of the areas affected by the typhoon are without electricity, telephones and drinking water". The priest said that PIME would work with Caritas and the local diocese to raise aid for the displaced.
The Missions Aid Office of the PIME Onlus Foundation has opened a fundraiser to transform donations into concrete help for the victims of the catastrophe. The funds raised will be managed on the ground by the PIME missionaries present in the Philippines since 1968. The funds will go to the rebuilding of destroyed homes and villages.
"We need immediate aid now – food, medicine and clothing. But there will be plenty to do even after, for the reconstruction of the devastated areas,” said Father Gianni Re of PIME.
Online donations can be submitted to the PIME Onlus Foundation directly at www.pimemilano.com specifying the following code and destination: S123 - FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON HAIYAN.
Source: Agenzia Fides, AsiaNews