LWR Expands Philippines Typhoon Response Thanks to ELCA Gift

Lutheran World Relief’s work with families in the Philippines to recover from last month’s powerful typhoon is scaling up, thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The gift will allow LWR to significantly expand our emergency response on the island of Mindanao, reaching an additional 1,500 families, in addition to the 3,000 who have already received support, by issuing cash vouchers. Distributing cash as a community works to recover from a disaster is an effective means of support, as each family can purchase what they determine they need most, such as food, medicine, school supplies, or other needs.

Still Recovering From Siege

LWR’s emergency response is centered on the city of Marawi, where a five-month siege last year by an Islamic State-affiliated rebel group displaced thousands of residents from their homes. Residents were still struggling to recover when Typhoon Tembin struck three days before Christmas. The storm killed nearly 200 people, damaged more than 7,000 houses and caused major losses to the agricultural sector.

LWR President Daniel Speckhard expressed his thanks for this support to the ELCA, which continues a longstanding collaboration in helping to move some of the world’s poorest and most isolated communities from survival to sustainability.

“Our partnership with the ELCA will significantly expand our ability to address the urgent humanitarian needs in the Philippines,” he said. “We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for being partners in this important mission.”

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