Philippines: Moving Fast To Give Hope To People Affected By Typhoon Bopha

WFP Philippines Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion (in black shirt, third from left), together with DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon, distributes food relief to people affected by Typhoon Bopha in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. 
Photo: WFP/Charlene Tordesillas

They say hope comes in all shapes and sizes. But when you’ve lost everything, how do you pick yourself up and where do you find hope?

COMPOSTELA VALLEY – Taking time out of her busy schedule, WFP Philippines National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion flew to Compostela Valley today to talk with the people affected by Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) – the most destructive typhoon to hit the country this year – and to assist the WFP team with the food distributions.

Following the UN flash appeal for US$65 million to support emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation activities for the worst-hit areas of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, CARAGA region and Lanao del Sur, WFP moved quickly to deliver 200 tons of rice to benefit 40,000 families in Compostela Valley and 50 tons of rice for 10,000 families in Davao Oriental for the first round of food distributions.

WFP’s emergency food assistance, which comprises 10 kilograms of rice and two kilograms of high energy biscuits for each family, complements the Department of Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) ongoing relief and recovery operations.

Moreover, WFP has also deployed 34 trucks for use of the national and regional governments in the delivery of other relief items, including essential plastic sheets from USAID which will be used for emergency shelter.

Over 5.4 million people have been affected by Typhoon Bopha and WFP will provide life-saving food and nutrition assistance for 400,000 of the most critically-affected people until May 2013. To help families who have lost everything, please click here.