The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8.
The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon. To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s strategy to purchase food locally to support local economies, and provide culturally-appropriate food to those who lack ready access in the aftermath of a disaster.
UMCOR funding will also build the capacity of local UMCOR Philippines’ staff and volunteers for meeting emergency needs. In the coming days, UMCOR will be conducting needs assessments and planning additional assistance, including material assistance through the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.
Support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in the Philippines by giving to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. All of your gift, 100 percent, will be used to help those in need.