The Friday Harbor Rotary Club is lending support to the international relief effort in the wake of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
A Category 5 typhoon, Haiyan struck Southeast Asia and the Philippines in early November, leaving more than 5,000 fatalities and a path of devastation in its trail. The typhoon is believed to be one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded. Survivors faced immediate threats from lack of food, shelter and potable water.
An international relief effort launched by nations across the globe has begun to ease the effects wrought by the typhoon, and Rotary International and many of its local clubs are helping to provide safe drinking water to the people of the Philippines. Thousands were left with contaminated water supplies and the threat of cholera after the cyclone struck.
The Friday Harbor club sent $2,000 to two California clubs that are coordinating plans to purchase table-top water filters for immediate and for long-term use. Water and sanitation are international Rotary imperatives supported by the Friday Harbor club.