September 30, 2009 (El Cajon)--Rescue Task Force (RTF) of El Cajon is prepared to respond to the tsunami and earthquake as part of its ongoing relief efforts in Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, RTF and WER (World Emergency Relief) are wiring cash aid to a partner of many years, which has been devastated by the typhoon that claimed hundreds of lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Over 50 children and workers at the orphanage that WER supports had to be evacuated by rubber raft through polluted waters, RTF reports (photo).
“Sending cash is the quickest way we can help right now,” related Gary Becks, CEO. “Our project partner has an immediate need for food, drinking water and medicine (for cholera, cough, colds, first aid, and also vitamins). They also need clothes and footwear, blankets and towels.”
Flood waters are above 7 feet high, and the center has at least four feet of standing water. The demand for temporary housing limits where the children and workers can stay. It may be months before they can return to their center.
"RTF and WER are committed to helping "our" orphans," RTF chief executive officer Gary Becks wrote in an e-mail to supporters and media outlets. "Many fled abusive homes and now receive love and care in a safe environment. Their hope is made possible only because of caring people like you. The needs in the Philippines are overwhelming."
Over 400,000 are seeking some kind of assistance at aid shelters. Another typhoon is expected to hit within 24 hours, Beck warned.
We need your help to continue giving these children a living chance," Beck said. "Each gift will buy critically needed food, water and medicine for the kids in addition to clothes, footwear, blankets and towels....Your help is greatly appreciated!"
For more information, call (760) 930-8001
Donations may be made online at www.rescuetaskforce.org, or send checks to:
Rescue Task Force
864.N Second St #340
El Cajon, CA 92021