On Nov. 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan’s strike left the Philippines in a state of devastation. The storm, being noted as one of the strongest to ever hit land, has claimed nearly 4,000 lives, and displaced an estimated 4 million people.

We’re thankful to announce that none of our communities were affected by this recent natural disaster. Outreach International villages are located hundreds of miles north from where the typhoon took place.

When natural disasters do strike Outreach regions, our staff and communities use PHDP, a process that helps families identify their needs and use their surrounding resources to their full advantage—in everyday life as well as in times of disaster. Our communities gain the knowledge and experience they need to access relief. But more effectively, the use a process that will help them sustain long-lasting support amid tragedy.

As the first country we began working with, the Philippines is still one of the largest programs we serve. Our relationship with our field staff and communities in the Philippines are very important, and their safety and well-being is a top priority. 

We are currently partnering with Philippine Science High School to help get emergency relief to victims of the typhoon. They are currently housing 3,000 evacuees on campus, giving food relief and medicines where they’re needed. 

In a time of crisis, such as this, we know the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan are in the thoughts and prayers of compassionate people all over the world. It’s one more reason we’re grateful that we’re all in this together.

If you’re interested in giving to the relief effort, please consider donating below. 100 percent of your donation will go directly to the victims in the Philippines.

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