19.11.2013 / For immediate release
Human Appeal takes aid skills learned in Syria to the Philippines
Human Appeal specialists are on the ground in Cebu in response to Typhoon Haiyan crisis.
One of the UK’s leading charities operating in Syria and Pakistan has sent teams of medics and aid workers to the Philippines.
Over the last two years Human Appeal has developed quick response teams to provide specially designed shelters, food and water facilities to thousands of displaced families in Syria.
The charity is now working with UNICEF and Oxfam to coordinate relief efforts and get teams to the worst hit regions in the Philippines.
Human Appeal own teams are on the Island of Cebu where the Royal Navy warship HMS Daring is also preparing to distribute aid.
"It is vital that aid programmes in disaster areas are well coordinated," says Othman Moqbel, Chief Executive, Human Appeal. "Through our work in Syria we have learned a lot about getting aid such as shelter, medicine and food supplies into the worst areas fast and effectively."
"We already have a team on the ground providing medicine, food and safe drinking water to regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. We are based in Cebu and delivering aid to Ormoc and Tacloban"
Human Appeal has a second team arriving later today (Tuesday 19th November 2013) and heading for Bohol, Northern and Eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visas region in the Philippines. The charity will remain in the Philippines after the immediate crisis has been handled.
Human Appeal - which is predominantly funded by donations from Muslim communities to help Muslim countries - is extending its programme to the Philippines.
"The Muslim community in the UK responds very quickly to calls for help such as this. Human Appeal began as a Muslim charity but we are now attracting funds from a wide range of communities in the UK. The need for help in the Philippines is great and we need to be there," Moqbel says.
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