Rural areas in southern Leyte, Philippines only stumps of trees remain.Photo: EU/ECHO / Arlynn Aquino
AFSC grieves for those suffering in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which has killed thousands in the Philippines and wreaked havoc to roads, airports, cities and towns. Haiyan weakened into a tropical storm making landfall near the Vietnam-China border.
The devastation is hampering initial relief efforts. For those wishing to donate to support those efforts, we suggest contacting Church World Service, which is both responding in the Philippines and continuing to monitor the situation in Vietnam.
While AFSC holds victims of this disaster in the Light, we generally have ceased doing direct relief in favor of longer-term responses to help people restore the fabric of their societies; rebuild their economic well-being, and help heal from the trauma inflicted by natural disasters and armed conflict. AFSC is often not the first organization to arrive in an afflicted community, but has staying power-- still working in places like Indonesia, Haiti, Somalia, Burundi, and Zimbabwe in that spirit.