November 13, 2013 Jesuit Mission has just received word that our Jesuit school, Loyola College of Culion, which belongs to the Calamian Group of Islands in northern Palawan, was badly hit. This includes the roofs of the school, and serious damage to Hotel Maya.
November 13, 2013 TYPHOON HAIYAN - Jesuit Mission has launched an appeal inconjunction with the Jesuits in the Philippines to assist the victims of the worst natural disaster this country has seen.
The Philippine Jesuits are joining forces with massive relief efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), the most powerful typhoon ever recorded in the Philippines. The scale of desperation and devastation is immense.
A team from the Jesuit social arm, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (Church in service of the Nation - SLB) sails today, November 12, 2013 on a navy boat for the devastated areas of Leyte and Samar together with a Caritas Manila team and many supplies.
Yolanda left untold number of deaths in its wake and laid waste to entire cities and towns. Over 10,000 people have lost their lives. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 2,900,000 families have been affected, some 24,000 houses damaged and major infrastructures devastated. Low lying cities and poor neighbourhoods were the most at risk.
Philippine Jesuit Provincial, Fr Antonio Moreno, said, “The country still reels from the Zamboanga City siege and the earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu a few weeks ago. Evacuees in those afflicted regions are still homeless, and yet now new cries arise from people suffering in other calamity-stricken areas.” In view of this and seeing the long term consequences, Fr Moreno has already asked the Jesuits to simplify any Christmas or other celebrations over the coming months in solidarity with victims and to give attention to the needed long term recovery.
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