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LCOW raising funds for typhoon victims

Glenna Waller of Barnesville, president of Little Children of the World and Little Children of the Philippines, says word of some of the charity’s ministries in typhoonstruck Philippines is beginning to trickle in. The locally based international charity is raising funds to help the victims. She said there has been some news from LCW’s Leyte Project, in the hardest-hit area. ’Communication is very difficult and the roads are almost impassible in most cases,’ said Waller. ‘We’ve learned some homes in our project were destroyed by the typhoon as was the LCP Leyte multipurpose building where the ministry works. The center was completely destroyed and the rice fields flooded. It’s a blessing all lives were spared there.’ The LCP Leyte Ministry also helps a small community, Abuyog, outside Tacloban City where great damage was done from the typhoon. Marci Hope, director of LCP Leyte, has not been able to reach anyone from this village but continues to try. ’It’s located by the water and she’s very fearful for the people there,’ Waller said. ‘No communication makes it almost impossible to reach out and do the things we’d like to.’ She said part of the island of Negros suffered damage in the north and LCW is trying to determine how best it can assist there, too. ’We’re raising funds to help with all these needs,’ she said. ‘Anyone can give a gift and mark it for Typhoon Relief. We’ll channel it to the correct area as soon as possible. Our hearts are holding everyone there close and they’re in our prayers. Please continue to pray for all the people in the Philippines. So many lives and property were lost it’ll never be the same. The devastation is overwhelming.’ Stretching 300 miles wide and packing winds up to 195 mph and gusts measured at 275 mph ‘“ before it blew away the measuring equipment ‘“ the category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and its 16foot storm surge cut a path of horror through a halfdozen islands in the central Philippines last week. The winds of the giant storm, termed ‘off the scale’ by weather expert professor Hugh Willoughby, broke the Naval anemometer when it slammed into the province of Leyte. It generated monster waves that drowned hundreds of people and consumed roughly 80% of the area, authorities said. Tacloban, which took the brunt of the storm, has a population of 220,000 and will be in need of emergency assistance for some time. A reported 600,000 people across the country were displaced during what has been called ‘the worst typhoon on the planet.’ The UN says 9.5 million people were affected in one way or another, including four million children.

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