Germany, through the efforts of the humanitarian aid agency Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), sent relief aid worth Php 14.2 M to the survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in the Philippines.
More than 1,000 people were killed when “Sendong” ravaged Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas on Dec. 16, 2011. Floods and landslides washed away houses and infrastructures, leaving thousands of families homeless.
DKH, a member of the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance, the global alliance of churches and aid agencies, donated 82,895 Euro for the relief efforts. The humanitarian organization has also sourced-out funds from the German Federal Foreign Office to help respond to the emergency situation.
The German Government donated 166, 676 Euro to fund non-food items like laundry soap, water containers, sleeping mattresses, blankets and sanitary napkins for 12,270 families in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, the areas most affected by the storm.
DKH on the other hand will shoulder the assistance for food items such as rice, mung beans, dried fish, sardines, cooking oil, and sugar for 5,665 families in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Negros Oriental.
Relief Delivery Operations will be undertaken by the Philippine NGO Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, and its Regional Centers Panday Bulig (PB) and Center for People’s Resources and Services (CPRS), starting December 29, 2011.