Below is news from Jun Velasco, Executive Director, HOPE worldwide Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan affected over 10 million Filipinos and killed more than 1,800 people as of today official report. Authorities is saying that the casualties may escalate to over 10,000 people because many of the island and far flung communities is not even being reach by the rescuers and other helping agencies.
As you may know, we have teams deployed in different locations affected by the typhoons and earthquake. We have been working with the ICOC Manila and Philippine Family of Churches for the relocation of our brothers and sisters who were being displaced by disasters and we are also providing emergency supplies, de-briefing and counselling to the church members and survivors of disasters.
We have sent another set of HwwPh staff and volunteers to the affected far flung communities to do the risk assessments for orphans and vulnerable children.
In our experience, children are being overlooked and neglected during disasters. Many of the children survivors became victims of child trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. Hww Phils service project expertise is on child protection, case management, treatment, and psychosocial rehabilitation of children in especially difficult circumstances. This is one of the long term program that we want to do for the children survivors of disasters - making sure that they are safe, rehabilitated and find a loving family that they can stay with and grow up.
Currently, we are establishing our presence and providing emergency disaster response in Cebu City, Bohol, Daangbantayan Northern Cebu and soon in Tacloban, and Eastern Leyte. Mobilization and distribution of emergency relief to these affected areas will begin this week in partnership with the Philippine family of churches particularly the Cebu Church Volunteers and other able disciples in the areas mentioned. We will increase our disaster response coverage and services on psychosocial activities for the displaced children which will include feeding, and other disaster risk reduction and management work for affected families.
I want you to know that we are truly overwhelmed with the emergency needs of the survivors, but we are grateful to all the good news of support we have been receiving from our church and partner agencies.
The recovery for the victims is a long journey, and we want to be with them and their children as they rebuild their lives.