You can help fund the Philippines typhoon emergency response

Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Hagupit

Thousands of people have been displaced by Typhoon Hagupit that struck the Philippines recently. The typhoon destroyed nearly 16,500 houses and damaged more than 33,100 on the island of Samar before making its way slowly across the country. The national disaster agency said nine people were killed as the storm churned across the central islands and the southern tip of the main island of Luzon. The Red Cross has confirmed 22 deaths and they are checking reports that nearly 40 people died. Over a million people fled to shelters ahead of the storm as authorities avoided a repeat of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan last year, in which more than 7,350 people were killed and almost 4.1 million people were forced from their homes.

Oxfam is sending out emergency supplies to the region and you can join in the efforts to help the people displaced by the storm.

Oxfam’s efforts

When Typhoon Haiyan hit, Oxfam deployed an emergency team within three days of the typhoon making landfall. Their focus was on preventing the spread of disease by providing clean water, toilets and hygiene essentials. Oxfam teams addressed the immediate shelter needs of affected communities by providing essential items such as mosquito nets and tarpaulins and assisted families facing relocation.

Oxfam’s International Crisis Fund ensures that they are able to respond quickly and efficiently, to help those most in need when a natural or a man-made emergency occurs around the globe. Oxfam’s teams are currently responding to several emergencies, including Typhoon Hagupit in The Philippines.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Oxfam has stockpiles of household water kits, that help ensure families have access to safe drinking water, and hygiene kits, comprised of basic sanitation items like anti-bacterial soap. These simple items save lives in the aftermath of disaster.

You can support Oxfam’s response to this and other humanitarian crises worldwide by donating to their International Crisis Fund:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/international-crisis-fund

 

 

 

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