Typhoon Haiyan and Compassion Australia


As most of us know, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record hit the Philippines on Friday. Typhoon Haiyan has pounded the central areas of the Philippines with heavy rains, flooding, and strong winds.

Electricity and communications are out across several major cities making rescue and aid efforts even more difficult.

One of the agencies already working in the affected area is Compassion.

I spoke on the phone to Compassion Australia Communications Manager, Amy Lanham this morning about what’s happening. While it’s difficult for them to get a full picture of the situation they have had some promising preliminary reports about those involved in the hundreds of Compassion projects in the affected areas..

You can hear my chat with Amy by clicking on the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

Compassion is taking donations to help those in the Philippines. Donations will make a difference across a number of areas.

Donating to the Disaster Relief Fund will provide urgent relief for typhoon victims. Any money raised above the need will bring immediate aid to Compassion assisted children affected by future disasters.

When you donate to the Disaster Relief Fund, you help Compassion provide vital assistance that helps restore families of Compassion-assisted children decimated by disaster. Your support helps to provide:

* Emergency food and water
* Temporary shelters (tarps, tents etc)
* Child-safe zones/reunion areas
* Emergency medical care
* Personal items (toiletries, nappies, clothes, bedding, stoves etc)
* Basic sanitation
* Cooking utensils
* Trauma counselling
* Spiritual support
* School supplies

Please pray for the children, families, staff and churches that are suffering at this time.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
— Acts 20:35 (NIV)

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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