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Orphans Desperately in Need of Food and Water in the Philippines


The high winds and deadly tides may have subsided, but the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan continues to threaten the region with a critical scarcity of food and water.

In Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit cities in the Philippines, Erlend Johannessen is desperately trying to secure supplies for Streetlight Orphanage, which he founded in 2004 and is currently home to 72 children and staff.

The orphanage’s food and water supply is running dangerously low, with only a single day’s worth of drinkable water. Each day since the storm, Johannessen and some of the older children scrounge for provisions.

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“There are plenty of places we can go to [for supplies], but when we go there, there’s nothing there,” he says.

During the storm, Johannessen led the children and staff onto the roof of the orphanage until the storm passed. Although everyone survived, the sea water contaminated their well, and now Johannessen is scrambling to find the essentials.

Johannessen, who is originally from Norway, is trying to secure transport for the children and staff to go to a city with more resources.

To help Streetlight Orphanage and other organizations working to provide relief to those impacted by the storm, click here.

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