VATICAN CITY — With his voice quavering and overcome with emotion, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila thanked people for supporting desperately needed relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
In an interview just posted on Vatican Radio, the cardinal said the risk of further deaths from starvation or lack of clean water is very real as some affected areas still haven’t gotten aid, especially poorer villages where people are on “the brink of real hunger and thirst and the lack of basic necessities.”
While the unimaginable level of destruction has left people shocked and speechless, the outpouring of support is offering deep consolation, he said.
However, it’s not enough to keep back the tears at the end of the interview as the cardinal sums up the string of tragedies the region has faced and the undying faith still displayed by the survivors.
“We see rubble, we see ruins everywhere but we see also faith, love arising from the ruins and making us stronger people. I want to thank everyone, the Holy Father, our brothers and sisters outside the country for remembering us and trying their best to reach out, in the name of the victims and the poor, we really thank you.”
Pope Francis again called for generosity both in prayers and concrete assistance:
Caritas Internationalis and their member organizations are continuing their appeals for help.
- €6 ($8) provides a water kit for a family. This includes 1 jerry can, 1 pail and tabs for water purification.
- €11 ($15) provides an emergency shelter kit. This includes tarps and nails that are combined with local materials to create emergency shelter.
- €16 ($22) provides household living supplies. This includes sleeping mats, three blanket, utensils, plastics, glasses, and a cooking pot.
- €21 ($28) provides hygiene kits. This includes a two-month family supply of soap, laundry powder, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine sanitary napkins, and towels.
There are many ways to help and all of them are as easy as a click of a button:
- Caritas Internationalis has a donate button on Facebook which makes it easy to share and get the word out.
- Caritas Internationalis’ web site.
- Catholic Relief Services, a Caritas network member in the United States, has a big blue donate button on its web site. Also ‘like’ them on Facebook to share their appeals with your friends.
- Filipinos who want to donate can go directly to Caritas Philippines.
- The Catholic Medical Mission Board
- Cross Catholic Outreach
- International Catholic Migration Commission
Also Cardinal Tagle published this “Prayer for Calamities” today in English and Tagalog