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CFCA helps families rebuild after Typhoon Nesat

October 10, 2011

QUEZON CITY, Philippines--The CFCA project in Quezon City is helping families affected by the recent Typhoon Nesat, locally known as Pedring.

Typhoon Nesat crop damage in the Philippines
Crops in the Philippines suffered damage after Typhoon Nesat
struck the nation on Sept. 27.

The Quezon staff reported that 694 sponsored friends and their families suffered losses from the typhoon. The storm flooded or destroyed homes and belongings and devastated crops.

CFCA staff members have provided assistance tailored to each family's specific needs, said Mavic Ihap, Quezon project coordinator:

  • Farmers are receiving fertilizer to replant crops and a month's worth of rice for food, while they grow new vegetables.

  • Sponsored friends and their families who lost houses are receiving assistance with building materials such as blocks, cement and steel. They have been staying in evacuation centers since the storm.

  • PamBuhays, or small groups of parents of sponsored children working together, are helping organize access to other emergency assistance as needed.

  • Four fathers of sponsored children who make their livelihoods in the coastal areas will receive a motor and materials so they can build a boat and continue providing for their families.

The typhoon struck the northern provinces of Luzon island early Sept. 27, with winds of around 125 miles per hour, Reuters reported.

Despite the extensive recovery effort, project staff members say they are grateful for all the support they have received from CFCA sponsors.

"Thank you so much for helping us in giving hope to our families during these times of calamities," Ihap said.

CFCA serves more than 40,000 children, youth and aging members in the Philippines.

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