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Update on Asia-Pacific Relief Efforts

Episcopal Relief & Development is continuing to respond through its program partners to recent disasters in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia.

Philippines: Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), which has created a Task Force on Emergency Relief (IFI-TFER) to implement disaster response efforts. Relief missions have been conducted in Pililla, Rizal, and in Candating, which had been largely unreached by relief organizations. In Pililla, approximately 350 bags of relief goods and 240 bags of used clothing and toiletries were received by hard-hit families. In Candating, 500 low-income families from the villages of Centro, Durutan and Paitan received bags of emergency goods. Another mission is planned for this week, with the goal of reaching an additional 500 families. The IFI-TFER has issued an appeal for support for its ongoing outreach.

Episcopal Relief & Development's main program partner, the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, has been able to continue relief efforts with local support, but we are currently working with them to develop long-term recovery programs, both for families whose livelihoods were affected by the flooding in Manila slum areas and for families who lost housing in the northern mountains during severe landslides caused by the storms.

Indonesia/West Sumatra earthquake: We are supporting relief efforts through ACT (Action by Churches Together) International. ACT International members have provided emergency food supplies, water and medical care in the hard-hit city of Padang, as well as food and tarpaulins for people whose houses were badly damaged in the remote village of Pasir Lawas. Mobile medical teams have also reached people in remote areas of Pariaman district, where hospitals have been unable to send ambulances due to a severe fuel shortage and skyrocketing costs.

Samoa: Episcopal Relief & Development has been in contact with Uniting World, via the Anglican Board of Mission, and the Diocese of Polynesia and is awaiting further information on a possible response.

To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster relief efforts, please donate online to the Disaster Response Fund at https://www.er-d.org/donate-select.php, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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