How can I find out if my sponsored child is safe from Super Typhoon Haiyan?

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She is in the Philippines: Mikylla Restauro, PH5650542
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The storm is headed toward Samar and Leyte islands. Compassion has student centers on both of these Islands. Joel, it looks like your child is located in Davao City, which is not directly in line with where the storm is headed but she could still be affected.


Compassion Philippines has a disaster plan in place and the church partners will provide provisions and other responses as they are able.

While communications during events like this are very difficult, I will continue to keep you posted here as we receive more information on this disaster from Compassion Philippines in the coming weeks. If your child has been directly affected, we will contact you.

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A number of you have asked if you will be notified if your child has been affected. I wanted to reassure you that, yes, we will contact you via phone or a letter in the mail if your child was directly affected. I will continue to post the most recent crisis updates here on this forum. 
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Here is the most recent information that we have about Typhoon Haiyan:

  • Compassion Philippines
    continues to assess the damage and gather information after the
    devastating Typhoon Haiyan that occurred on November 8, 2013. Nationally, it is
    feared that 10,000 people have lost their lives.

  • As of the last report, no
    Compassion child or family deaths have been reported
    .

  • The Visayas region was
    the hardest hit area. The following provinces where Compassion student
    centers are located have been impacted by the typhoon:  Masbate,
    Southern Sorsogon, Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Aklan, Antique,
    Iliolo, Guimaras, Bohol, and Mindoro. 

  • Project Facilitators for
    many of these areas have reported that many families were able to seek
    shelter in safe areas and evacuation shelters.

  • At the moment, it is
    difficult to determine the exact number of beneficiaries and student
    centers which may have been affected.

  • The Visayas area and the
    Oriental Mindoro continue to remain without electricity.

  • Currently, Mindanao has
    reported no casualties and no houses damaged. Program activities have
    continued for the ICPs located in this area.

  • All of the ICPs have
    provided emergency food provisions for affected families. The ICPs are
    coordinating with local government agencies and organizations for
    preemptive evacuation and relief assistance.

  • Compassion Philippines
    has established a disaster team that is monitoring the situation closely. Please
    be patient as information is being collected during a very difficult time
    for those on the ground.



We greatly appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s protection and care for the Philippines.
Please pray for all staff members who are involved in the difficult task of
assessing damages throughout the affected communities. Please ask for the
Lord’s comfort and strength to the families who have lost loved ones.

I will continue to post crisis updates here as more information becomes
available. Again, if we become aware that your child has been directly affected, we will contact you via phone, email, or a letter in the mail with additional information.

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Compassion Philippines continues to assess the damage and gather information after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan occurred on November 8, 2013.

As of Monday, no Compassion child deaths have been reported.

Communications and transportation continues to remain difficult, so the exact number of children and student centers has not been verified.

The province of Bohol is without electricity and may not receive it for another 45 days. This area was impacted by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October.

We have begun to provide relief assistance to student centers in Leyte, Samar, Panay, Biliran, and Sorsogon. The relief assistance includes food provision, medicine and first aid kits, tents, blankets, basic clothing, and hygiene items. 

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care for the Philippines. Please pray for all staff members who are involved in the difficult task of assessing damages throughout the affected communities. Please ask for the Lord’s comfort and strength to the families who have lost loved ones.
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To those of you who are prayer warriors, here is a prayer request list from one of our field staff in the Philippines so that you can pray specifically. 


1. Pray that our Lord will give an extraordinary amount of wisdom, steadfast spirit, keen insight, quickness to respond and political will among our national, regional and local government officials in mapping out and implementing a sustained plan of action for relief, rescue and rehabilitation. Pray that the Lord will give them the mind of Joseph who knew how to direct the people when the seven years of famine struck Egypt. Such was his wisdom that no one lacked. Pray that the millions of aid will be wisely distributed and allocated.

2. Pray for our Compassion Philippines Rapid Response Team to be able to carry out relief assistance and to provide comfort, prayers and support to our afflicted children, their families and local churches. Pray for the safety and health of Noel (our Philippines Country Director), Toyditz (our Asia Regional Advocacy Director), and the rest of the Rapid Response Team as they are in Cebu and Leyte for a few days to carry out the relief work.

3. Pray that Satan, the Enemy will be ‘padlocked’ so that unscrupulous people/thieves/robbers will not be able to carry out looting, robberies, or resort to killing; pray that no corrupt officials will be able to lay their hands on any of the relief money or goods for their own selfish
motives.

4. Pray that the Lord will give our Filipino brothers and
sisters unwavering faith in the Lord that they will receive timely help in
terms of food, water, medicines, and a safe place to sleep for the weeks and
months ahead.

5. Pray that the US military personnel sent to help will be able to
quickly train Filipino local officials so that all (and not only a few) affected towns and provinces will receive timely relief help. Pray that
the aircraft sent to airlift goods and supplies will be safe and will help
bring food especially to those towns where people have not eaten a single food
since Friday.

6. Pray for miracles of healing to those who are ill, and for
 thousands and millions of Filipinos in central Philippines to come
to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior through the mighty work of the
Holy Spirit Pray that the body of Christ in the Philippines, represented by the thousands of local churches will be a source of sustained blessing to
the typhoon victims, in word and deed.

7. Pray that as we see the rehab work successfully accomplished, we will
be able to declare,

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in
Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians
3:20,21)


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Compassion Philippines continues to assess the damage and gather information after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan occurred on November 8, 2013.

As of Thursday, no Compassion child deaths have been reported.

Currently, 39 student centers are being classified as severely affected. Other student centers and Child Survival Programs have been affected but no information is available. There were also 5 Leadership Development Students who have been reported as affected.

Communications and transportation continues to remain difficult, so the exact number of beneficiaries and student centers have not been verified.

A medical team was sent from Manila today to the impacted areas.

The Compassion Philippines disaster team is monitoring the situation closely. Members of this disaster team are currently visiting the impacted areas to assess and provide assistance.

Some staff members of the Compassion Philippines office have volunteered their time to package and distribute relief items.

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care for the Philippines. Please pray for all staff members who are involved in the difficult task of assessing damages throughout the affected communities. Please ask for the Lord’s comfort and strength to the families who have lost loved ones.
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The Compassion Philippines disaster team continues to closely monitor the efforts to assess damages and collect information after Typhoon Haiyan.

As of this report, no Compassion child deaths have been reported.

Communication and transportation continues to remain difficult, so the exact number of children and student centers continues to be verified. No specific child information is available at this time. Please remain patient as information is being collected during such a difficult time.

Currently, 45 student centers are being classified as severely affected and requiring the most Compassion assistance. An additional 86 student centers have been classified as affected and in need of some Compassion assistance. 

Please note that Compassion does not have any student centers in Tacloban, one of the most severely affected areas in the Philippines that has also been in the news the most.

Additional Child Survival Programs have been included on the list of severely affected and affected projects. 

Compassion Philippines (country office) staff members continue to volunteer their time packaging and distributing relief goods. Some Partnership Facilitators have been assigned to assist the Disaster Relief Team in Visayas.
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The Compassion Philippines disaster team continues to closely monitor the efforts to assess damages and collect information after Typhoon Haiyan.

As of this report, no Compassion child deaths have been reported.

Communication and transportation continues to remain difficult for all areas but especially in Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and Masbate, so the exact number of children and student centers continues to be verified. No specific child information is available at this time. Please remain patient as information is being collected during such a difficult time.


Five command centers have been set up at Panay, Samar, Leyte, and Biliran with the joint effort of the Project Faciliators and student centers in these areas. These command centers have facilitated the packaging and distributing of relief goods, including medical supplies.

In Panay,  three student centers (PH872, PH873, and PH701) provided initial disaster relief on their own and the second round of distribution of relief supplies through the country office to this area has gone through.

Compassion church partner, Ibajay Full Gospel Center (PH711), provided space to temporarily store and coordinate distribution of fifteen tons of supplies in Barangay Laguinbanwa. One ton of relief goods was delivered to to the church to be stored. These goods will assist survivors in Roxas City, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique. 

Two tons of relief supplies were delivered to Iloilo and is being stored at Christ Centered Fellowship Church (PH840) for distribution in Aklan and Antique (PH872, PH873, PH704).  

On Samar Island, there has been just over three tons of disaster relief supplies distributed in two installments to seven affected student centers in Eastern Samar, one of the hardest hit areas. The second round of relief was prioritized for PH862, PH863, and PH865 in Balankayan and Maydolong because this area was among some of the hardest hit of all of our student center areas. A medical mission was carried out on November 22 and November 23 in Eastern Samar. Adults and children were treated by volunteer doctors and nurses for wounds, the common cold, hypertension, stroke, light fever, skin diseases, diarrhea, and TB. The mission had to end at 6PM each day because there was no electricity in the area. 

There is a second round of relief distribution at PH742 and a medical mission that is still going on. 

A team of Project Facilitators recently traveled to Naval, Biliran to organize the student centers there (PH888, PH937, PH941, PH869) for relief operations. 

In Aklan, a group of Project Facilitators were able to confirm that 100% of all registered children at PH873 were fully accounted for and there were no casualties. Praise God for that! The children and families in Aklan (PH872, PH873, PH701) have already received two rounds of disaster relief and some relief distribution is still going on. PH872 was able to provide two debriefings and psycho-social interventions for the children. There will be a debriefing and psycho-social intervention for the children at PH873 on November 28 and 29.The health facilities in Aklan are fully functional but PH873 arranged for a medical checkup for all the children. 

Compassion Philippines is continuing to coordinate complicated relief operations to each of the affected areas using planes, RORO, trucks, etc. 

As more information becomes available, we will contact you if your child has been affected by the typhoon.

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care for the Philippines. Please pray for all staff members who are involved in the difficult task of assessing damages throughout the affected communities. Please ask for the Lord’s comfort and strength to the families who have lost loved ones.
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I had neglected to post an update because there's really not much general information coming in at this time. The updates have mostly included specific child information with which we are contacting sponsors individually. However, as you requested, here is the most recent update:

Specific child information is currently available for another eleven student centers (making a total of thirty seven student centers that we currently have specific child information on). We are calling and emailing each of these sponsors to notify them of their child's status.

As of this report, no Compassion child deaths have been reported.


Communication and transportation continues to remain difficult for all areas so the exact number of beneficiaries and student centers continues to be verified. Please continue remain patient as information is being collected during such a difficult time.

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care for the Philippines. Please pray for all staff members who are involved in the difficult task of assessing damages throughout the affected communities.

Compassion Philippines will keep us updated as more information is available.

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Compassion Philippines has provided the final information regarding Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country in November.

We now have all of the information on specific children and centers that were impacted and the level of impact. We will contact you  personally if your child has been impacted. You may not get a phone call or email if either your child was affected, but didn't sustain any injuries or damages to their home or they were not affected at all. Please feel free to contact us to confirm though. 

This completes the relief and recovery phases of the Philippines disaster relief. We are now shifting to rehabilitation and rebuilding phases. 


In total, 6,449 children from 62 student centers were affected. As well, 11 beneficiaries from 3 Child Survival Programs were affected. 7 Leadership Development students were affected.

Please continue to praise the Lord that still no Compassion child deaths were reported.

The affected areas have received disaster relief assistance. Please continue to pray for these areas as they recover and rebuild from the disaster.

Praise the Lord for how He has cared for and protected our children, students, and families. Please continue to lift up the affected communities and pray for all staff members who continue to help these communities. 
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In reviewing the list I had previously posted, I see that there are some student center numbers that should not be on there. I sincerely apologize for this error. I've been trying to combine a few different lists for one clear list and I see I haven't really made it all that clear. I'm so sorry about that. Here is a more accurate list of student centers that were affected and severely affected. You're always welcome to contact us here, at ciinfo@us.ci.org, or call 800-336-7676 to ask about how your child is doing. 

Affected:

PH259 PH260 PH261PH262 PH263 PH264 PH267 PH268 PH411 PH438 PH461 PH463 PH464 PH501 PH740 PH741 PH743 PH802 PH809 PH813 PH814 PH818 PH826 PH830 PH831 PH832 PH833 PH836 PH840 PH841 PH843 PH850 PH852 PH853 PH860 PH861 PH868 PH889 PH890 PH893 PH894 PH895 PH896 PH898 PH899 PH900 PH903 PH905 PH906 PH907 PH917 PH918 PH919 PH920 PH921 PH922 PH923 PH924 PH925 PH926 PH928 PH943 PH944 PH962 PH964 PH965 PH966 PH971 PH972 PH973 PH974 PH975 PH976 PH977 PH978 PH979 PH981 PH982 PH983 PH984 PH987 PH988

Severely Affected:

PH701 
PH704 PH711 
PH742 PH744 PH806 PH807 PH823 PH824 PH825 PH827 PH828 PH829 PH835 PH842 PH844 PH862 PH863 PH864 PH865 PH866 PH867 PH869 PH872 PH873 PH887 PH888 PH897 PH933 PH934 PH935

PH936 PH937 PH938 PH939 PH940 PH941 PH942 
PH945 PH946 PH947 PH948 PH949 PH955 PH956 PH967 PH968 PH985 PH986
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