MCC offers aid to Phillipines after floods

Abbotsford-based Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes donations to support emergency assistance efforts in the Philippines.

Flooding has devastated parts of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

Flooding has devastated parts of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

Abbotsford-based Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes donations to support emergency assistance efforts in the Philippines.

Hundreds of people have died and hundreds more are missing after flash floods triggered by a tropical storm swept across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Dec. 17.

Two of the worst-hit cities are Cagayan de Oro and Iligan where churches, schools and community centres have been converted into temporary evacuation centres.

MCC does not have staff in the Philippines, but is working through an organization associated with the Integrated Mennonite Churches of the Philippines, called PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI). Following the floods of September 2009, MCC partnered with PBCI to train two peace and reconciliation teams in disaster preparedness.

The needs identified by PBCI in this current disaster are food, water, medicine, bedding and footwear for survivors in the crowded evacuation centres.

Those wishing to make a donation can do so by making cheques out to MCC BC, marked for Philippine Flood Response and sent to Box 2038, 31414 Marshall Rd. Abbotsford, BC V2T 3T8.

Donations can also be made when you call 604-850-6639 or toll free at 1-888-622-6337 or online at donate.mcc.org