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CECI Provides Sustainable Support to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

November, 22 2013

Montreal, November 22nd, 2013 – Two weeks after the disaster in the Philippines, the international community is continuing its efforts to aid victims of the most powerful typhoon in recorded history.

CECI’s presence in the Philippines through its Philippine partner, Concern, has enabled it to help those most affected by Typhoon Haiyan. When the Philippines move out of the media spotlight, CECI and its partner will   take over for emergency teams to continue providing sustainable support to the people. According to the most recent estimates, 13 million people have been affected by the typhoon throughout nine Philippine regions. Four million people have been displaced, 10% of whom are currently living in 15,000 evacuation centres.

After emergency workers performed a needs assessment, CECI chose to focus its actions outside of urban centres, in the regions of Leyte and northern Cebu, to benefit 6,000 families (30,000 people) counted among the most vulnerable.

First and foremost, CECI will meet the most immediate needs of the populations by providing them with:

  • water treatment products
  • hygiene kits
  • utensils and basic necessities
  • solar panels and lamps
  • shelter construction materials, getting locals involved in volunteer and food-for-work activities
  • psycho-social stress support services for children, youth and teachers

At the same time, we are launching the most important intervention phase which entails quickly restoring people’s basic living conditions and livelihoods. To accomplish this, we are focusing our actions on recovering the local market by providing support to 5,000 fishers, farmers and merchants so they can once again take up their economic activities.

CECI will also work on risk and disaster prevention by helping communities increase preparedness should they face such events in the future.

To help  the families who have been affected by this disaster, please donate generously: http://bit.ly/CECIPhilippines2013

Until December 23rd, every donation collected will be doubled by the Canadian Government.


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France-Isabelle Langlois, Communication and Development Director
T: 514-875-9911 ext. 225
C: 514-774-7527

Click on the image below to see images showing the devastation typhoon Haiyan has caused in various cities (photos py our Philippin partner, Concern):

CECI is involved in projects in 18 countries worldwide, in the areas of humanitarian aid, development and volunteer cooperation. We recently carried out humanitarian aid projects in Haiti, Guatemala, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines as well as in the Sahel due to the food crisis in Niger, Mali and Senegal. After responding to the immediate emergency, we implement livelihoods recovery and reconstruction projects, and we maintain ongoing development activities that considerably strengthen and accelerate the ability of communities to return to their regular activities.

CONCERN (Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation, Inc.) is a non-profit, service-oriented non-government institution registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1988 and licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in The Philippines. CONCERN is a comprehensive disaster response management center that seeks to help build the capability of the most vulnerable sectors in society to reduce vulnerability factors and the risks they face through a people-based and development-oriented disaster response.  In its entire 25 years of operations, CONCERN has rendered 1.5 million individuals through relief, disaster preparedness, rehabilitation and environment.