Two catastrophic typhoons, Goni followed a few days later by Vamco, hit the Philippines hard this November, causing floods and mudslides that killed 98 people and devastated crops and infrastructure. The damage is colossal: more than 250,000 houses were partly or totally destroyed, and more than 350,000 people have been left homeless or in evacuation centres. Some AIC volunteers have lost their roofs or houses.
The Bicol region was particularly affected, and AIC-Philippines is working with the Vincentian Family and local parishes to respond to the most urgent needs. The association is launching an appeal for donations from the AIC network in order to raise the $20,000 needed to rebuild the homes of 50 families in Naga City and 50 families in Libon, who were already very disadvantaged and whose houses have been seriously damaged.
Let’s take action and help the Philippines! This country is hit by about twenty typhoons every year and they are becoming increasingly violent because of climate change.
You can send your donations to AIC International:
Account Holder: Association Internationale des Charités aisbl
Account n°: 001-6716147-40
IBAN: BE02 0016 7161 4740
Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis
Bank Address: Place de l’Université, 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
(Information sources: Teresita Fajardo, President of AIC-Philippines, and UN OCHA)