News — November 21, 2013
JCI Operation Hope to Assist in Immediate Recovery in the Philippines
In the wake of the recent catastrophic typhoon devastating the Philippines, JCI members commit to supporting national reconstruction through the activation of JCI Operation Hope.
On November 8, 2013 the Central Philippines was devastated by the worst typhoon in recorded history. With thousands of people losing their lives, many more have been rendered homeless, severely injured and in need of food and water. The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is alarming and the images from the cities hit by this disaster are disturbing. In the face of continued challenges during the aftermath of this storm, JCI members commit to JCI Operation Hope. The activation of JCI Operation Hope will allow JCI members, partners and friends to raise funds to support the recovery and reconstruction efforts in collaboration with members of JCI Philippines.
At this time, the Philippines government and the UN estimate that about 9.8 million people have been affected by this massive storm. The number of casualties continues to increase and as many as 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban City alone. Approximately, 660,000 people have been forced from their homes. The UN, a longtime partner of JCI, has activated the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). They announced the allocation of US $25 million to fund critical relief efforts immediately following this typhoon. This money will allow local and international agencies to respond quickly to the needs of the communities across this devastated region. However, the recovery process will not be quick. The damage caused by this storm is long term. Continuous hard work and sustainable support is essential to secure safety and basic needs for affected residents while reconstruction efforts begin of their homes and towns.
It is up to JCI members, partners and friends to support these efforts through donations to JCI Operation Hope. JCI members across the Philippines will use this support locally and nationally and collaborate with local partners to assist with the recovery of the communities that need it most. In alignment with the JCI Mission, young active citizens must use this ability to donate through JCI Operation Hope to create sustainable positive change for their fellow members and friends in the Philippines during these challenging times.
Donate to JCI Operation Hope for reconstruction and recovery in the Philippines today.
Thank you for your continued support of JCI Operation Hope and our global efforts to help those who need in most in the face of disaster.