Article by Liam Carstens
In early November of 2020, Super Typhoon Goni, locally called Super Typhoon Rolly, made landfall in the Philippines four times, causing a swath of destruction in its wake. More than two million people were impacted by this natural disaster.
BBF joined with longstanding partner the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International to provide relief to those affected. An initial needs assessment identified food, water, and shelter assistance as the most critical needs, while the ongoing coronavirus pandemic also created an acute need for hygiene and protection materials.
A partnership that included BBF and ADRA International provided assistance 8,787 individuals in the municipalities of Bacacay, Malilipot, Tiwi, and Tabaco City in the province of Abay.
The distributions occurred in late November and included food packs with household cooking essentials and COVID-19 protection kits consisting of face masks, face shields, cleaning alcohol, and hand soap. As we have seen throughout 2020 and now again in 2021, the coronavirus has added an additional challenge to all disaster responses at home and throughout the world. BBF is pleased to have partnered with ADRA International on an effective and efficient response to this devastating super typhoon.