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UJA’s Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund
It’s been six days since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, and, tragically, the death toll continues to rise with 1,883 deaths reported, while an estimated 11 million people have been affected by the storm.
As the news of the typhoon spread, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto quickly established the UJA Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund, with one-hundred percent of funds raised going to support the life-saving efforts of IsraAID, The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, UJA’s partner agency.
The UJA Relief Fund has so far raised more than $45,000.
On Monday, November 11th, a 7-person IsraAID team comprised of Israeli professionals including medical, trauma, and relief specialists landed in the Philippines and quickly made its way to Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 almost completely destroyed by Friday’s typhoon, and considered ground zero of the disaster site.
“The situation there is disastrous,” says Shachar Zahavi, the Founding Director of IsraAID. “People are rioting due to the lack of food, clean water, and access to health facilities and accommodation. Without health facilities, our first goal is health intervention. After the immediate medical issues are addressed, the next concerns are issues like the influx of people who have become homeless.”
A second IsraAID team comprised of 15 to 20 medical and trauma personnel will be leaving Israel within 24 to 36 hours to join their colleagues on the ground.
100% of funds raised will go to IsraAID in supporting their efforts in the Philippines.