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The Annie E. Casey Foundation Awards Lutheran World Relief $100,000 to Aid Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

Baltimore, March 18, 2014 – When Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, made landfall in the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, it affected an estimated 14.1 million people, displaced 4.1 million, claimed more than 6,000 lives and destroyed a million homes.

The typhoon literally left Delia, an elderly widow and grandmother, without a roof over her head. After the storm destroyed her home, she slept on the floor of her daughter’s house, which had no roof. When it rained — and it rained quite a bit — she sought shelter under a table.

Since the storm, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has worked to distribute shelter repair kits to people like Delia, as a part of its Typhoon Haiyan response. With a generous $100,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, based in Baltimore, Md., this and other vital recovery work will continue.

“Even though the Philippines frequently experiences severe storms, Typhoon Haiyan was particularly destructive. Lutheran World Relief is thankful to the Casey Foundation for this grant, so that we can continue walking with families on the long road to recovery,” said Jeff Whisenant, LWR’s interim president and CEO.

LWR’s response focuses on the heavily hit Cebu and Leyte provinces. Since the storm hit, LWR and partner, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, have been distributing shelter repair kits — containing materials such as lumber, iron roofing sheets, nails and tools. In total, LWR plans to distribute shelter repair kits to more than 4,000 households, composed of more than 20,000 people.

The storm also damaged or destroyed many families’ livelihoods. LWR is working to help families provide for their basic needs while clearing storm debris through cash-for-work activities. In total, LWR plans to engage 4,000 people in work to contribute to relief efforts while providing a much-needed source of household income.

LWR has also reached out to fishing communities on Bantayan Island, off the coast of Cebu, with cash vouchers to help replace damaged livelihood and household materials and has distributed LWR Quilts and Kits in the region.

In addition to reaching out directly to affected families, LWR is also leading the effort to promote quality and accountability in emergency response, holding trainings on Sphere and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) standards for local organizations providing relief services.

“LWR is proud to be the Sphere focal point in the Philippines, helping to ensure that quality relief services are delivered in an appropriate manner and that the people we help have a voice in the recovery process,” said Whisenant.

To learn more about LWR’s programs in the Philippines, please visit

WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

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