The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today announced that their appeal for people affected by the Philippines typhoon has raised a staggering £65 million.
DEC member agencies and their partners have now delivered aid to more than 700,000 people across affected areas of the Philippines, using both funds raised by the DEC and support from many other sources.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said:
“The response by the UK public to this appeal has been nothing short of extraordinary.
“People’s continued generosity and compassion means member agencies are already getting assistance to those who need it most. Our member agencies and partners have helped over 700,000 people so far, with water, medication, sanitation and temporary shelter materials, but there remains a huge amount of work to be done. Those who have already had some help now need more support on an ongoing basis and aid has yet to reach some of the most isolated communities.”
“Over 13 million people have been affected by the disaster, more than the population of London and Birmingham combined, and a third of these have been displaced from their homes. It is vital that people continue to give if we are to help save more lives.”
Some examples of the aid that has been delivered by our member agencies and their partners include:
- ActionAid and their partners have helped over 6,000 people including delivering food parcels and shelter kits on Bantayan Island.
- Age International and their partners have delivered food to an indigenous community in Kananga, on Leyte island.
- British Red Cross and their partners are working on Samar, Leyte and Cebu and have helped over 88,000, including providing food and water on Malapascua Island.
- CAFOD and their partners have helped over 361,000 people including delivering shelter kits to people in Palo and Ormoc.
- Care International and their partners has helped over 30,000 people including providing shelter kits and kitchen sets to people in Albuera, Tolosa and Tacloban.
- Christian Aid and their partners have helped more than 14,000 people, including providing food in Illoilo and emergency shelter in Leyte.
- Islamic Relief and their partners have provided food and water to over 70,000 people in Cebu.
- Oxfam and their partners have helped nearly 37,000 people, including providing water and hygiene kits to people in Daan Bayatan and Tanauan.
- Plan have reached 25,000 people, including providing shelter kits, jerry cans and water purification tablets in East Samar.
- Save the Children and their partners have helped over 20,000 people, including setting up a mobile clinic to support people in Leyte and Panay.
- Tearfund and their partners have helped over 28,000 people, providing food, water and sanitation kits to people in Basey, Malabut and Dulag.
- World Vision and their partners have helped over 49,000 people in northern Cebu and Leyte, including providing food, hygiene and household items to people in Tabugon and Daan bantayan.
DEC press office 020 7387 0200 or 07930 999 014 (out of hours)
To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.
Notes to editors
- The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.
- Donations can be made at any high street bank and at post office counters.
- To donate £5 by text send the word SUPPORT to 70000. The full £5 will go to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Donors must be 16 years or over and have the bill payer’s permission. Texts are free and donations will be added to the bill.
- Donations can be made at www.dec.org.uk or 0370 60 60 900