Canadian charities help Filipinos rebuild
The Catholic Register, September 14, 2014 — Every one of the $13 million Development and Peace raised last year to help Filipinos left homeless by the most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall has a job to do. Thousands of Filipino families are still living in tents, in the beached hulks of ships Typhoon Haiyan left stranded on the streets of Tacloban City and in elementary schools where Filipino families first found shelter from the storm 10 months ago.
While the humanitarian emergency is old news in Canada, the people of the Eastern Visayas islands are preparing to mark the Nov. 8 first anniversary of the storm they call “Yolanda.” Standing by their side, Canada’s Catholic development agency is working on a three-year plan to build new, safe and planned communities for Filipinos left homeless.
By Michael Swan
Photo by Arthur Peters