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Religious groups aiding Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 3:40 p.m. MDT

A young girl walks amid ruins of houses in a neighborhood badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on last Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (Dita Alangkara, Associated Press) A young girl walks amid ruins of houses in a neighborhood badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on last Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (Dita Alangkara, Associated Press)

Religious organizations across the globe are sending aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country last week.

Typhoon Haiyan caused significant damage in the Philippines, affecting more than 9.5 million people and leaving about 600,000 without shelter, according to NBC.

The Christian Post reported several U.S. Christian groups responded to the typhoon. The article said World Vision, an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid and advocacy organization, is sending “food, hygiene kits, shelter and other relief supplies to 1.2 million people in the Eastern and Central Visayas region.”

And Convoy of Hope, a relief organization based out of Springfield, Mo., “has sent four shipping containers to the Philippines and is preparing to send more,” according to The Christian Post, which also said the first assessment team of the organization should arrive in the Philippines on Sunday.

The Convoy of Hope has set up its own relief page, complete with a video and photos from the Philippines. The organization said it has distributed more than 75,000 meals so far. “This initial relief distribution comes from about 600,000 meals that were on-hand in the Philippines prior to the storm,” the organization said.

The Christian Post also lists Food for the Hungry, an international Christian relief organization based out of Phoenix, is also contributing to relief efforts.

"It is encouraging to see that despite their current situation, people can still laugh and smile and be thankful for all the help they receive. Most of them felt safe and secured in the evacuation center," the group reports, according to The Christian Post.

Catholic Relief Services is asking for donations towards the Philippines. The Catholic organization also offered different ways people can give to the relief effort in addition to monetary donations.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian assistance organization, is also aiding the relief efforts.

The “JDC has already begin providing the most critically needed aid through our partners on the ground, and our team of disaster relief experts are preparing to assess the most urgent and important needs,” according to the JDC’s donation page. The organization allows people to make donations for $18, $100, $180 and $500, as well as the option for a donator to name their own amount.

NBC offered a list of all major organizations “deploying urgent relief efforts on the islands.”

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