November 12, 2013 – In response to the devastation in Philippines by typhoon Haiyan, (Yolanda), Chalice is collecting funds to assist with humanitarian efforts. A shortage of food, medicine and shelter is impacting families in the city of Tacloban and surrounding areas of Central Philippines, both immediate and ongoing support will be needed. Chalice’s focus is on the recovery and reconstruction of the affected communities.

Chalice would like to reassure sponsors that our Sponsor Site in Samar was not affected by the storm. This Site received heavy rain but there was no loss of life or damage to property and all our children are well.

Although our sponsored children are safe from harm, this disaster affects the country as a whole and Chalice will continue to work with trusted partners to deliver assistance where needed.

“For over 15 years Chalice has worked with our partners in the Philippines to alleviate the suffering of those in extreme poverty,” states Fr. Pat, President of Chalice. “Right now, even as we speak, Chalice is mobilizing and directing all our efforts to rebuilding homes and supporting families devastated by this tragedy.”

The Canadian government is matching donations by individual Canadians for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. All donations given to Chalice in support of our Philippines Disaster Relief Fund between November 9 and December 9 2013 will be submitted for matching by the government.

For the last four years Chalice has been recognized as the top International Aid and Development charity in Canada by MoneySense Magazine.

Click here to donate, or call 1-800-776-6855.

4 Responses to “Help the Filipinos through Chalice”
  1. kathie hogan says:

    Thanks for this reminder, John. I am making the call right now.

  2. Glen Gagnon says:

    Just an FYI, it doesn’t look like the money that the government of Canada will be putting up as far as matching funds, will necessarily go to the same organizations which raise the money in the first place.
    Certainly every dollar which we give to Chalice will go to Chalice, but the government will donate their matching funds to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, to distribute as they see fit.

  3. Mark F. says:

    Glen’s point is one I have been wondering about. Given the record of most development/relief agencies, I wonder whether it is on the whole a good thing to donate in such a way that matching government funds are released to government-selected development/relief agencies. Won’t many of those agencies be promoting contraception and perhaps abortion?

    • Squeaker says:

      That’s always possible, Mark, but I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. When such a disaster strikes, I think the recipients will be “immediate aid” organizations, like the Red Cross. I also expect there would be some conditionality on the funding so that it goes to basics like food and water. No government or NGO wants to get caught in a headline that reads “NGO diverts relief aid to condoms”. But that’s still no guarantee.

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