Yolanda typhoon note #6: some excerpts

December 12, 2013
Source: District of the USA

Fr. Couture gives another update on the progress of the typhoon relief efforts and thanks the great outpouring of generosity received so far.

Continuing our updates about the SSPX's post-Yolanda typhoon relief efforts, we offer some excerpts from Fr. Couture's note #6.

Operation Yolanda note #6

December 8, 2013

  • As of this date we have 32 volunteers for the Medical Team and 10 for the construction team.
  • So far foreign volunteers are coming from France, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
  • Two French are already on the spot working on the clearing phase.
  • Fr. Ghela (in charge of the Leyte Mission) and Fr. Daniels (who will supervise the building team, being himself an engineer) will go back to Tacloban before Christmas to plan the work of the building team.
  • Our Tacloban faithful who were sheltered in the SSPX’s refugee camp in Bato, are slowly coming back to Tacloban to rebuild their houses and start life again.
  • The houses of three of our Oblates have been seriously damaged, two in Capiz, on the island of Panay, and one in Cebu.
  • As of this day donations have exceeded the wonderful total of USD 250,000 (180,000 euros).
  • Many, many thanks to all who have helped and continue to do so. France has been the most generous country by far for giving more than 75% of the total, the USA, Switzerland, Germany,
    Belgium and Australia have also been very generous. I can only explicitly thank here some countries for the donations we are aware of. Not all Districts have yet informed us of the total
    of the donations received for the typhoon...

Many thanks to all those who have donated and who are praying for the Philippines.

God bless.

Fr. D. Couture