This week, UMCOR Philippines will deliver approximately 23 tons of food to 7,500 typhoon-affected people in Ormoc City in Leyte Province. This after consultation with the district superintendent and bishop, who helped UMCOR staff identify areas of critical need. UMCOR will be making more food distributions in affected areas in the weeks ahead.
Ormoc City is a port city and is the largest city in Leyte by land area and the second largest in Eastern Visayas. This will be UMCOR’s fourth food distribution since Haiyan struck on November 8. It follows emergency food distributions in Tacloban, Dagami, and Tanauan, all in Leyte Province.
According to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Typhoon Haiyan caused about 5,632 deaths, and affected more than three million families from 12,014 baranggays, or communities. A total of 1,168,909 houses were damaged, including 582,827 that were totally destroyed.
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is asking that all United Methodist churches in the Louisiana Annual conference receive an offering for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to assist in the response. Checks can be made to the Louisiana Annual Conference using the Advance # 982450 in the memo section. Send donations through your church to the conference office, or mail donations to Louisiana Annual Conference, 527 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Donations will be forwarded to UMCOR.
One hundred percent of gifts to UMCOR go to the designated project or program.
Thank you for giving generously to aid our brothers and sister in the Philippines