Working alongside typhoon victims

For seven days, 25 CHARIS volunteers worked alongside victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, shovelling sand and soil into sacks and helping to lay foundations for houses. The Singapore volunteers also built a water filtration system for villagers in Bogo City, Cebu, to help them have clean and safe drinking.“It was a wonderful experience [...]

Serving typhoon-hit villagers

A group of volunteers from an Opus Dei centre in Singapore spent more than a week installing solar and wind power systems for Philippine villagers affected by Typhoon Haiyan.From May 25-June 2, the group from the Ravenahl centre– comprising eight students and young professionals, two university lecturers, and a priest, Fr Jose Pedro Libano – [...]

CHARIS provides funds for Haiyan victims

Through its Humanitarian Aid Fund, CHARIS has received and committed more than $1 million in grant aid to eight Catholic organisations for reconstruction work in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.The largest amount of $400,000 (including an earlier grant of $200,000) went to Caritas Philippines to build 230 new houses in Kalibo, Aklan Province. Fr Edwin [...]

Archbishop’s Message to parishioners: Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda

Dear Brothers and Sisters in ChristLast Friday, Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), one of the strongest tropical typhoons ever recorded, struck the Philippines. There has been mass destruction in at least 36 provinces including Bohol which was hit by an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude less than a month ago.The toll has been mounting. To [...]

Filipinos, S’poreans unite to aid typhoon victims

St Vincent de Paul Church holds special Mass as Filipinos mobilise to help countrymen. Darren Boon reportsParishes across Singapore prayed for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and collected funds and material aid to send to the survivors of one of the worst storms in the Philippines.“Every one of us is a brother and sister in [...]

Telegram To President Of The Philippines, Devastated By Typhoon Haiyan

Vatican City, 11 November 2013 (VIS) – Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, sent a telegram on behalf of the Holy Father to Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, with regard to the typhoon Haiyan which has devastated various regions, claiming hundreds of victims and causing widespread destruction of dwellings and crops. “Deeply saddened [...]

Church rushes to assist victims of Typhoon Morakot

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (UCAN) — The Church in Taiwan has rushed relief aid to typhoon victims in the south of the territory, including an indigenous Catholic village which had been badly hit by a similar storm four years ago.The Taiwan Catholic Mission Foundation and Caritas Taiwan are distributing relief aid and collecting donations from local Catholics [...]