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Amphibious rafts and High Energy Biscuits delivered to Kinatarkan Island - 12 Feb 2014.

Samaritan's Purse UK Head of Programmes & Projects Chris Blackham reports from the Phillipines - January 2014.

A 41-member multinational, Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) of technical experts is on the ground in the Philippines coordinating our response. The DART has set up a base for administration and logistics in Cebu City. Forward operations are being coordinated through bases on Bantayan Island and in Tacloban City, a city of about 220,000 people on Leyte Island that was devastated by the typhoon.

A 747 cargo plane arrived in Cebu City on December 8 carrying 7.6 million square feet of plastic sheeting, a 7-passenger helicopter, and a collection of Bibles, hymnals, and Christian books.  

Going forward: Tacloban, a city of 220,000 on Leyte Island, devastated by the typhoon, will be the main area of program activity with sub-base activities in Cebu and Bantayan

We are working closely with church partners in all areas.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Samaritan’s Purse is supplying ten large water filtration systems, four of which are funded by the UK office. Each costs £10,000, filters 10,000 gallons daily and supplies 2,500 beneficiaries. So the cost of supplying clean water is £4 per person.

Four filtration systems are now operational in Dulag, on Leyte Island.

The United Nations has asked Samaritan’s Purse to take the lead on sanitation in Tacloban.

This month, we have distributed 56,000 water purification tablets and 164 household water filters.

We have distributed 27,270 hygiene kits.

3.6 million square feet of plastic for making tarps was carried on the 747 which arrived in Cebu city on 17 November.

16,943 Tarpaulins have been given to families, churches, and schools across Letye Island and on Bantayan.

2,317 full shelter kits containing metal roofing sheets, framing materials, and basic hand tools to homeless families.

10 chain saw teams are cutting toppled coconut trees into usable lumber for shelter units. 

Our 8-person medical team, which includes doctors and nurses, is working alongside the staff at the storm-damaged Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital in Palo to provide emergency health care to the community. Mobile medical teams are treating people in remote areas. Our team has treated a total of 4,568 people. Our medical workers are also providing vaccinations against measles and polio.

The U.S. Air Force helped set up our mobile field hospital on the grounds of the research hospital in Palo. Local radio stations are directing people to the expanded medical facility.

According to The World Food Programme (WFP), Samaritan's Purse was the first Disaster Relief charity to provide confirmed assistance to people after Typhoon Haiyan hit on 7 November 2013.

We have distributed 2,079 metric tons of food to struggling families. High-energy biscuits have been distributed to children in 49 elementary schools. 21,064 families have received emergency food kits.

Samaritan’s Purse is beginning a general food distribution (Week commencing 4 December) in partnership with the World Food Program. We will supply 1,000 metric tons of rice to 20,000 families (100,000 people), and high energy biscuits to 3000 families on Bantayan.

Non Food Items

A 747 cargo aircraft carrying 65,000 Operation Christmas Child gift boxes arrived in Cebu City on December 14. The shoebox gifts will be distributed to children through local churches in affected areas.

Samaritan’s Purse has distributed 5,311 blankets as well as mosquito nets.

The team has secured three warehouses in Cebu City and a 6000 square foot warehouse in Tacloban. 34 vehicles (motorcycles, cargo trucks, pickup trucks and a fuel truck) have been purchased locally to assist with the transport and distribution of supplies. A bulldozer and a JCB are clearing debris on Bantayan Island.

For a more complete picture of how Samaritan’s Purse has been and continues to be active in the Philippines please read: Relief workers go against the wind 

Be assured that Samaritan’s Purse will continue the work it has started to bring relief and provide aid to those in desperate need, to restore hope in the region and to work alongside the people and churches in the Philippines to help them rebuild their lives.

‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in him’ Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse, commented:

‘I was just in the Philippines last week (Week of 25 Nov). I saw the horrendous damage inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan. The needs are huge. It’s going to take years to recover. My prayers are with the Filipino people who are suffering so much.’

‘I also saw the work the team is doing. We are providing water, food and shelter and helping to meet the critical medical needs. And we do it all in the Name of Jesus Christ, letting people know that He will see them through any storm.’

For further background about Typhoon Haiyan click here
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