Almost a year after Typhoon Washi left homeless in Central Mindanao, typhoon Bopha struck Eastern Mindanao claiming more than 2,000 lives and 5.4 million people affected. In the area of Compostela Valley, in the Davao region, 606,000 people were left homeless.
The Order of Malta Philippines immediately responded with 2 tons of disaster relief goods such as blankets, mats, containers for water, pails, rice, canned goods, drinking water, mat, towels, mosquito nets, hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste and soap), medicines, medical supply and food supplement.
Calling on Malteser International and AmeriCares Foundation, the Order was granted by Caritas International Euros 50,000.00 for core shelters. AmeriCares sent a one ton shipment of medicines that included medicines for cough and colds, analgesics, antibiotics, food supplement including Ensure, vitamins for pregnant women and other medical supplies.
The Order of Malta Philippines was on the ground a week after the disaster, bringing a total of 2,000 relief bags (food, rice and other items) and 500 kilos of medicine and medical supplies like syringes, gauzes, and tapes.
The Order of Malta Philippines is also preparing for the core shelter assistance in the Compostela Valley area which will benefit 120 families. This is the Caritas International grant through Malteser International.