In February 2022, Samaritan’s Purse provided critical relief to isolated island communities in the Philippines. In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai Samaritan’s Purse brought supplies to remote island villages where many of these impoverished communities were only accessible by boat, making relief efforts much more difficult.

“Sea travel has an element of danger because the sea level transitions from high to low tide and the current can be rough. But the people badly need help,” said Lloyd Abrenica, a Samaritan’s Purse staff member. “In some places, people are totally exposed to the elements. We distributed relief under the sun because there were no covered structures left where we could set up.

Samaritan’s Purse were able to distribute emergency relief supplies such as food, shelter material, and water filtration kits. We also distributed hygiene kits that include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, laundry powder, hair combs, and underwear. In addition, the kits include important infection prevention items like face masks.

Our teams also served an indigenous people group that had been desperate for help to reach their remote village.

“We’ve been waiting a long time. We are only a small community but thankful that you noticed us,” said Jocelyn, a village resident. “I don’t know how to fully express my gratitude. I’m just so happy because the Lord heard my prayer.”

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