Feed the Children, an international nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is working with multiple corporate and community partners to respond to families affected by the recent volcanic activity surrounding Taal Lake. The organization will have staff on the ground to provide food, essentials and medical supplies to hundreds of displaced families who need support.
On Jan. 12, Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas, Calabarzon Region began showing signs of unrest after 43 years of inactivity. Since volcanic activity began, there has been significant ashfall and volcanic debris, with more than 731 recorded earthquakes. The activity forced the evacuation of more than 147,873 residents in 11 town local government units surrounding Taal Lake. An $3.2 billion of crops and livestock have been damaged by the eruption and Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Taal Volcano due to rise in magma and sulfur dioxide..
Teleperformance, Feed the Children’s longtime disaster response partner, has dedicated more than $70,000 to support a 30-day disaster response operation that will benefit 5,000 residents (approximately 500 families) in five communities: Tagaytay, Lipa, Mataas na Kahoy, Balete, and Malvar. The donated monies, food, essentials and supplies aim to reduce the effects of damage caused by the eruption.
Affected residents will receive products such as:
- Ready-to-eat meals and beverages
- Hygiene kits
- Sleeping kits
- Essentials for young children and babies
- Medical kits
- Bottled water with aerosols/water purifier tabs
“Our team at Feed the Children is working diligently to provide resources to our fellowmen ("kababayan") who need support during this time of uncertainty,” said Kennedy Tuazon, Country Director for Feed the Children-Philippines. “We are manifesting the Philippine culture of the "Bayanihan" spirit by dedicating our efforts toward recovery and reconstruction, as well as providing hope to our displaced neighbors."
Visit feedthechildren.org/disasterto learn more about Feed the Children’s disaster relief efforts across the globe.