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PWRDF responds to disasters in Indonesia and Philippines

Farmers Danny Manuel (left) and Tirso Philo (right) carry what is left of their corn harvest, which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Mangkhut. (AC Dimatatac/ICSC photo)

October 1, 2018

By Janice Biehn

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is responding to two ongoing natural disasters: the earthquake in Indonesia last week, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines the week before. PWRDF is granting $20,000 to support the work of ACT members in Indonesia and $13,102 to our Filipino partners the Cordillera People’s Alliance and $20,000 to the ACT appeal.


On the evening of Friday, September 28, the cities of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi were hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. The epicentre was 10 km deep and located 27 km from Donggala. The city is in a state of crisis, and people affected find themselves in a desperate situation and without access to sufficient food, safe shelter, basic non-food items, basic health services and facilities, safe drinking water, as well as sanitation and hygiene infrastructure.

The already dire situation is worsened for vulnerable people, specifically the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, women (pregnant and lactating) and those living in shelters since the rainy season in approaching with the anticipation of an increase in disease. There is a pressing necessity to provide immediate assistance to minimize loss of life and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered first.

Government ministries, Indonesian armed forces, including the members of Humanitarian Forum Indonesia, which includes a member of ACT Alliance, are evacuating people, providing health service and distributing food items and non-food items. In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the ACT Indonesia forum has identified a gap in health service, tarpaulins, blankets, food items and tents and has resolved that if funded, it will have the capacity to properly bridge the identified gap. ACT Alliance is ready to respond, providing health services, distributing food and non-food items to 500 affected households in the coming days.

The Philippines

PWRDF is contributing $12,805 to the Cordillera People’s Alliance and $20,000 to the ACT appeal responding to Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

PWRDF longstanding development partner Cordillera People’s Alliance has been responding to the aftermath of this typhoon, which tore through the island of Luzon, the northern part of the Philippines on September 14. To support CPA’s efforts, PWRDF and another international partner have contributed financial resources that will allow them to provide emergency food rations to 400 of the most affected households in Benguet province. More than 200 community-based organizations are mobilizing volunteers to respond.

PWRDF is also contributing to an ecumenical response through ACT Alliance appeal by ACT member the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. The ACT appeal is providing food baskets to 4,500 disaster-affected households, hygiene kits to 1,000 households, shelter repair kits to 500 damaged homes, and corn, rice and vegetable seeds to 1,500 households to rebuild livelihoods.

“I had the honour of visiting the communities in the Philippines with whom ACT members in the Philippines, the E-Care Foundation of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines and the Cordillera People’s Alliance worked closely. They are all rooted in the communities they serve, and have the capacity to serve in impactful ways,” said Naba Gurung, PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator, who will continue to stay in touch with partners on the ground.

How you can help

PWRDF is accepting donations to support both ACT Alliance appeals in Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • To donate online: Click here to donate at our secure online donation page any time of day and choose Indonesia or Philippines from the drop down menu.
  • To donate by mail: Make your cheque payable to PWRDF, write “Indonesia” or “Philippines” on your cheque and mail to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, Canada, M4Y 3G2.
  • To donate by phone: Call toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 during business hours. Please do not leave credit card information on voicemail.

Bulletin insert

Please continue to keep the people of Indonesia and the Philippines in your prayers. To promote these appeals to your congregations, you may download and distribute this Indonesia Philippines bulletin insert. (The insert has been designed to print two to a page, double-sided.)