Friday, October 2, 2009

ERD responds to week of disasters in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia

From Episcopal Life-

With multiple natural disasters striking the Asia-Pacific region this week, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is responding through its program partners in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia.
On September 26, Typhoon Ketsana pounded the Philippines, including the Metro Manila region, with a month's worth of rain in just six hours. The resulting floods have killed an estimated 240 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

ERD will support the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI, or Philippine Independent Church), which is in full communion with the Episcopal Church. According to the Office of the Obispo Maximo (head bishop), many IFI churches, particularly in the dioceses of Rizal and Pampanga, have become evacuation sites. Numerous churches have also had members impacted.

"The IFI is planning to focus on several thousand families in the hardest-hit areas near its churches," said Julie Petrie, ERD's program officer for Asia. "Priests and lay volunteers will use churches as bases to distribute essential food and water, along with medicine, blankets and clothing as possible, to low-income communities in Metro Manila."

Target cities for the distributions include Pasig, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Malabo, and Marikina, where at least five church members lost their lives.

The Episcopal Church of the Philippines (ECP) is ERD's primary program partner. With local diocesan support, ECP is partnering with Trinity University and St. Luke's Medical Center to respond with medical care and other critical supplies. Churches in areas such as Quezon City, which has not received much relief, are providing food and cleaning materials to affected members and the local community.

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