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Order of Malta Australia


Philippines: Typhoon “Hagupit” – Malteser International prepares emergency assistance


Malteser International in close cooperation with the Philippine association of the Order of Malta is assessing the situation on the ground and preparing to provide assistance and to bring food, hygiene articles and medicines to the affected areas.

“In the villages in the province of Samar, where we have helped families rebuild since Haiyan, the people who live near the water have found refuge with friends and relatives,” says Krisetya, Malteser International partner program coordinator in the Philippines. People have also found refuge in the new disaster resistant houses built by Malteser International and the Philippine association after typhoon “Haiyan” had destroyed the villages. “All these houses built in a safer place, away from the water and on higher ground have resisted the typhoon”, Krisetya says. “In each house we could provide safe shelter for five to six families.”

This time, the Philippine population had been prepared: More than 700,000 people had been evacuated in time and have found refuge in more than 1,500 evacuation centres. Typhoon “Hagupit” has made first landfall on Samar, an island in the Visayas, late in the evening of Saturday 6 December. 

Typhoon “Hagupit” has come just 13 months after Typhoon ‘Haiyan” killed more than 7,000 people and damaged or destroyed more than one million homes.  After Typhoon “Haiyan” Malteser International and the Order of Malta Philippines also provided emergency resistance and still support reconstruction and rehabilitation on the islands of Samar and Bantayan.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.