As most of our students are excitedly welcoming their long-awaited term break, hundreds of thousands of students in the Philippines and DPR Korea are still anxiously awaiting their break from the extended flooding of their homes and schools.  While the academic exams loom around the corner here, the agony and sorrow that have shrouded our Filipino and Korean neighbours over all corners, is as much a test of their strength and resilience as it is of our compassion and graciousness.

The second Mercy Relief (MR) team is in Manila since last weekend to personally continue with the distribution of relief supplies to some of the 2 million affected.  MR is working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to receive more than 23 tonnes of food and water filtration systems which will arrive Pyongyang from Singapore this weekend.  In July 2012, the United nations (UN) stated that two-third of the 24 million people there are suffering from chronic food shortage.  More needs to be done and can only be done with your kindness and support.

So let’s bring along or encourage our young and loved ones to join this Sunday’s Street Collection for our Asian neighbours whose streets, schools, homes , farmlands and lives have been devastated by the scourge of the recent typhoons and monsoon.  Details are attached.

The sharing of blessings is education in itself.  And if we could care for strangers, then caring wouldn’t be strange.

Philippines – The ongoing Crisis

Philippines – The Response thus far

DPR Korea – The ongoing Crisis

DPR Korea – The Response thus far

MR has obtained the permit from the Charities Unit to raise funds for the regional crises from 11 August –30 September 2012.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org