Salvation Army has $1 million for Philippines relief, sees long-term work ahead

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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As aid is shipped en masse to the Philippines, rescue and aid workers are facing an additional obstacle. 

The Salvation Army has people on the ground and on the way for the lengthy recovery process from the typhoon which raked part of the Phillipines last weekend.

Major Ron Busroe explains the new obstacle facing rescue workers.

Salvation Army logo"They're seriously concerned about safety of aid workers and other folks who are there because desperate people, of course, do desperate things," says Busroe. "And we're seeing some desperate people reacting very negatively at this point."

Salvation Army is working with Cross International, as well as Fed Ex and UPS, which are offering to transport emergency supplies to the ravished area. That's just the short-term remedy, because problems from the disaster will continue for years to come. 

"You've got to help people rebuild homes," Busroe notes. "You've got to help them get their livelihood back. If they're farmers, helping them to get their crops put back, so this will be a long-term response."

The Salvation Army is still working the earthquake in Haiti, which occurred in 2010, and Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.

So far the Salvation Army has raised only $1 million for the Philippines and the amount of work done is dependent upon how much is raised. The most important contribution is prayer. 

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