Save the Children appeals for funds to help more than 40,000 children in the Philippines affected by killer typhoon
Save the Children Australia has launched an urgent appeal for funds to assist the most vulnerable children and families affected by last week’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines.
In Mindanao, which felt the full force of the killer Typhoon Bopha, Save the Children has set a target of providing relief items such as blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins and toiletries to 14,000 families including 42,000 children.
Australian Sarah Ireland who is in the Philippines to lead Save the Children’s response to the killer typhoon said more funds were needed to provide vital humanitarian aid to the thousands of displaced families in the region.
“This is a major humanitarian emergency on Australia’s doorstep,’’ Ms Ireland said. “Many children have been separated from their families and will be experiencing high levels of anxiety and we need to pay particular attention to their needs.”
“Twelve months ago I was in the Philippines responding to major flooding and then again in August, but this typhoon has caused the most damage. The people of the Philippines have been through a lot recently and we need to ensure affected children and families are properly cared for.’’
In Mindanao which was pummelled by last week’s typhoon, Save the Children is also setting up child friendly spaces and temporary learning areas in affected communities so that children can play and talk about their experiences as well as prepare school age children to resume classes when the semester starts next year.
Typhoon Bopha killed about 800 people and left hundreds more missing last week when it barrelled across the east coast of the Philippines. Over five million people have been affected with nearly 400,000 people forced to seek shelter in evacuation centres after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Donate to Save the Children’s “Typhoon Bopha appeal”:
-Call 1800 76 00 11 -Online at www.savethechildren.org.au
For an interview call Ian Woolverton on 0408 00 11 67