Extreme weather and natural calamities like tropical storms and typhoons greatly impact families who rely solely on farming to support their families. This causes extreme vulnerability leaving families helpless to provide even the most basic needs such as food and shelter. Situated in the humid tropics, the Philippines will inevitably suffer from climate-related calamities in the future, similar to those experienced recently.
In 2010 Typhoon Megi hit the Philippines causing wide spread damage. Some 428,000 families (around 2 million persons) in 17 cities and 23 provinces of the Philippines were affected. The Typhoon struck with winds of more than 110 miles per hour and heavy rains. The super typhoon made landfall near Divilacan on the eastern coast of Isabela province in the island of Luzon, leaving 31 people dead and 42 injured by the time it exited into the sea. The Category V typhoon also left a trail of destruction to homes, agriculture and infrastructure, with more than 148,000 houses damaged. The provinces of Cagayan, Kalinga, Isabela, La Union and Pangasinan were worst-hit. Isabela suffered the most houses damaged with the toll reaching 72,828 and 25,186 homes completely destroyed.
Following this catastrophe many were left feeling hopeless with nowhere to turn. It was during this time that many generous people made donations providing food and shelter at an extremely difficult time. This is not the only time we have asked for donations to help feed people who find themselves in a desperate situation following a severe storm. It is at time like these we have the privilege to be God’s hands and to give from a heart that seeks to do His will.
When families receive rice and other food staples at a time when starvation is a reality they have nowhere to look but to God for thanks. Thank you for all your love and support.