We have an initial 8 medical team members on the ground dispersed in three locations.
Our first priority is to address life-threatening needs and to establish centers for distribution of critical relief food and water. National Nazarenes have been coordinating this distribution (we are serving to empower the Philippine Church and assisting them in their response).
We will begin looking at the longer term recovery, which will include teams to help with debris removal, rebuilding, counseling, and various other elements involved in such a massive disaster.
A Boeing 747 full of supplies will be arriving on November 25th, for distribution by our teams, in coordination with Nazarene compassionate Ministries and Heart to Heart International.
Please understand that logistics in this area are very difficult. There is currently a mass exodus of people from the area, so while it might be possible to get teams in, getting them back out and facilitating their movements while on the ground has proven to be an item requiring much planning and forethought (all vehicles booked and ferries full for a week in advance with thousands camped out waiting to book). Fuel has been very scarce and more than $13.00 per gallon in some places. We have been told that fuel supplies should be better as of November 20th.
While assisting our Nazarenes and the community is a top priority, we also want to make sure that we can provide the level of safety and security necessary for incoming volunteers, while not further stressing the fragile infrastructure already in place.
If you would like to volunteer please fill out the following form and you will be contacted shortly.