Jesuits help victims of Haiyan typhoon
Fearing disastrous consequences for the local economy, the Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines urged the Jesuits around the world to mobilize resources to help the affected people.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) intervention teams are assessing the needs, developing projects and action plans, providing reports to donors and ensuring that resources are used efficiently to help the victims of Haiyan typhoon.
Fearing disastrous consequences for the local economy in the long term, Father Antonio Moreno, Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines, urged the Jesuits around the world to mobilize resources to help people in the most affected areas. He asked the confreres and all Christians to "simplify the needs during the Christmas celebrations to make more space for solidarity".
"The country was still in shock because of the siege of Zamboanga City and the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu a few weeks ago. The displaced people in those regions are still homeless. Now the new disaster has devastated millions of people,"Father Moreno explained in his note.
The JRS intervention is done in close coordination with the local Catholic NGO Simbahang Lingkodng Bayan that was created by a group of Filipino Jesuits. The NGO, active in the field of justice and peace, now has its many volunteers at the forefront in the emergency rescue operations after the typhoon struck the central Philippines on November 8.
The organization is bringing humanitarian aid, in particular, to the islands of Culion and Palawan. Other Jesuit volunteers are present in the towns of Isabel, Ormoc, Guiuan, and on a mission in Hernani. A huge load of goods is destined to the towns of Catbalogan and Samar, through the parish of St. Bartholomew. The Jesuits are also present in Tacloban, the city hardest hit. A transit of goods to Capiz is also expected.
The JRS intervention comes as the organization celebrates its 33rd birthday. It was founded by the former Superior General of the Society, Father Pedro Arrupe, during a visit to Burmese refugees in Thailand.
Source: Agenzia Fides