The Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Endeavors (CARE) provides immediate assistance to victims of calamities or natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and typhoons that leave vast areas flooded. Calamities displace families, destroy livelihood, and even claim lives. In the Philippines, CARE aims to be the first responder to disaster victims, not only to provide the basic necessities (canned foods, rice, water, medicine, clothing, blankets, among others) that are most needed immediately after the devastation, but, more importantly, to provide short-term measures to support recovery and rehabilitation. These measures are done with the help of the staff of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and in coordination with humanitarian agencies, non-governmental organizations, church-based organizations, and private individuals.
Feed the Hungry has donated a total of PhP34,402,249.27 worth of food, cash, medicines, medical supplies, and other materials up to the period ending October 15, 2011.
The CARE program has also given monetary donation to other countries devastated by natural catastrophes; the most recent were the famine and drought in East Africa and the powerful earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. In the Philippines, monetary donation and assistance was also extended to private individuals and different medical
foundations to help save those struggling with disease.
Closer to home in the metro Washington, D.C. area, FtH Board members and officers help out in food pantries, soup kitchens, e.g., SOME (So Others May Eat), retirement and senior citizens homes e.g., Lincolnia Senior Center, and other such establishments needing volunteers.
Following are FtH’s relief assistance for the period January 1—October 15, 2011:
|Typhoon “Pedring”||1,000 families||Paombong and Calumpit, Bulacan|
|Typhoon “Pedring”||1,000 families||Baseco, Tondo, Manila|
|Typhoon “Juaning”||1,450 families||Iriga City and Nabua, Camarines Sur|
|Flashflood||Iraya Farmers||Dolores, Eastern Samar (rice seedlings)|
|Earthquake/Tsunami||Northeastern Coast of Japan|
|Medical Assistance||Beneficiary||Project Area/Location|
|Stunt Operations||132 children||Hydrocephalus Foundation of the Philippines|
|Emergency Treatment (swallowed battery fluid)||2-yr old boy||Southern Leyte|
|Surgery and Medicines for Pre- and Post-operation||Indigent Patients||Sagip Buhay of the Philippine General Hospital|
Typhoon Relief Images