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SCIAF supporters raise over £1 million for the Philippines

SCIAF have praised the 'overwhelming generosity' of Scots after receiving more than £1 million for survivors of last November's Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon with winds of up to 150mph spread across South East Asia and affected the predominantly Catholic Philippines where over 6000 people were killed.

Four months after announcing the initial emergency appeal, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund revealed that Scots have raised £1,009,837 to provide life-saving equipment including food, clean water, hygiene kits, shelter and blankets.

This equipment is still being required in the country, where some survivors are still homeless and cut off from facilities in the outside world including healthcare.

“We are continuing to support survivors and help them on what will be a long road to recovery,” said Lorraine Currie of SCIAF.

In addition to this appeal and ongoing projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Ms Currie also emphasised the agency’s ongoing role supporting the current Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Over 100,000 people have been killed during the country’s ongoing civil war, with a further six million people dispersed in refugee camps around the Middle East.

“As the number of people fleeing the terrible violence grows,” Ms Currie added. “Neighbouring countries are struggling to provide healthcare, schooling, accommodation and work for the refugees and vulnerable members of their communities.”

 

—To donate visit: http://www.sciaf.org.uk/latest-news/sciaf-launches-typhoon-haiyan-appeal.html

 

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