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Typhoon Haiyan survivors' most urgent need: clean water

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The International Rescue Committee is on the ground in the Philippines mobilizing a humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan. 

In a planning call this morning with IRC emergency team members, both in the Philippines and en route, Bob Kitchen, director of the IRC’s emergency preparedness and response unit, described the intense challenges first responders are facing in the devastating wake of Haiyan.

One of the most powerful typhoons on record, the storm raged across the midsection of the archipelago on Friday, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and affecting a staggering 11.5 million. 

With roads, bridges, seaports, and communications knocked out in many areas, it has been difficult for aid groups and the government to reach survivors and assess the true extent of the damage. But what is clear is that the situation is becoming increasingly desperate, with food and water supplies running low. 

"People are having a hard time finding uncontaminated water," Kitchen said, stressing that the IRC is especially concerned about the spread of disease. Delivering clean water and safe sanitation and providing health care are the first areas the IRC is focusing on, Kitchen said. "With so many people living in the open at close quarters, we are fighting against the clock." 

Kitchen said IRC emergency teams hoped to reach some of the hardest hit areas, including Tacloban and Cebu, by Friday. 

Kitchen announced that an emergency protection expert will join the team later this week to help set up programs to assist vulnerable women and children and that a cash for work program would be put in place as soon as is feasible to help provide storm survivors with a source of income.

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Are you taking volunteers for

Are you taking volunteers for Philippines? I will be in Manila/Cebu from 18th to 27th and would like to help on the ground. Please email me contacts! Thank you

Dear Manu: We are very

Dear Manu:

We are very grateful for your generosity, but the IRC does not send volunteers to our overseas programs, even in emergencies.  There are many other ways to help, including:

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Fundraising: Create a campaign to benefit the IRC's emergency response:

Also, spreading the word about our work through your social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks again.

All of us at the IRC

To whoever it may

To whoever it may concern, Unscrupulous Job Offers from IRC(Kenya) Dear Sir/Madam, There is a syndicate of unscrupulous individuals in Kenya pretending to offer innocent civilians jobs in IRC. They demand cash with the promise that it will be refunded once the jos are offered. Below is a sample of one of the messages. Forwarded message ---------- From: International Rescue Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM Subject: RE: PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM To: [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED] Good mornig?Fred, sorry for any delay ,following information from the director of Human resource am directed to inform you that you wiil head logistics department in Juba,therefore you will report for orientation on 15/11/2013 in effect to this you will now travel by KQ and additional 11,100 is required to facilitate your traveling arrangements. Also provide the following; 1)N.H.IF no 2)N.S.S.F no. 3)K.R.A Pin no. 4)Birth certificate 5)Ksh.3500 for processing passport REGARDS FELIX ORANGA Please send out a warning since people have already lost cash in the belief that they will get jobs at IRC. Thanks and regards, Ngina Okeyo.

Dear Ngina: Thank you very

Dear Ngina:

Thank you very much for your message. The IRC is aware that unauthorized individuals have posed as IRC employees in order to extort money from job-seekers and we have issued a public alert. We encourage you to contact the police or call the IRC if you think you have been the target of such a scam. You can find contact details in the alert, which is copied below.

Thank you again.


All of us at the IRC




The Management of International Rescue Committee (IRC) Kenya, wishes to inform the general public that it has come to our attention that some unauthorized individuals and groups have been posing as IRC recruiters or local agents of the organization.  These individuals have extorted monies from unsuspecting members of the public with promises of jobs opportunities with IRC.

They typically use social media sites, SMS and campus recruitment flyers, and are targeting recent graduates. The general public should please take note that all vacant IRC jobs are only advertised either in the local print media or on our website Applicants and/or successful interview candidates are NOT required to pay any fees at any stage of recruitment. NO local agents have been appointed to recruit staff for ANY IRC field or country office.

If you believe you have fallen prey to such a scam, you are encouraged to report such individuals/groups to the nearest police station, the CID Nairobi Office or contact IRC on +254733344443, 020-2727730, 2720003. Your cooperation in will assist in the apprehension and prosecution of these individuals.


Mohamed El Montassir

Deputy Director Operations

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