Packages of relief – and love – for Haiyan typhoon survivors

Filipino culture specifically promotes the idea of lending a hand in tough times.

Khristianne Lineses not only oversees the volunteers but takes seriously his role to motivate them. His enthusiasm is boundless. “Of course, I want to help the volunteers enjoy what they’re doing. It’s not only that they are here to help pack, they are our partners. Just as the people affected are not just beneficiaries, they are our fellows, our brethren.”

Lineses stays firm to the commitment of NCCP. “Our vision is to help people in need and give them enough to continue their lives. With a week’s worth of food, they can concentrate on re-building their homes and families. A big bag gives them time to sustain their needs for the coming week. We know recovery is a long process.”

Minnie Anne Calub, who heads the NCCP emergency programme, says the church networks run deep in the Philippines. “Whenever we have an emergency, we call on member churches, church youth organisations and their networks, as well as ecumenical connections – often using social media – for volunteers.” They also have good relations with the Roman Catholic church too.

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