Big Lottery Fund pledges £5m in Philippines typhoon aid

The BLF will donate the money to UK charities that are helping to rebuild communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Red Cross workers deliver clean water to survivors at a medical centre in Tacloban
Red Cross workers deliver clean water to survivors at a medical centre in Tacloban

The Big Lottery Fund has pledged to give up to £5m to UK charities that are helping to rebuild communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The BLF said it would start an urgent consultation with UK non-governmental organisations working in the disaster area, the Disasters Emergency Committee and Bond, the membership body for UK organisations working in international development, to see how the money could be spent.

The funding will come from the BLF’s International Communities programme, which will be worth up to £80m between 2010 and 2015.

The BLF said that it did not make donations to emergency appeals and wanted to use the money for long-term rebuilding rather than disaster relief.

A BLF spokeswoman said the process for making applications would be announced in due course.

Peter Ainsworth, chair of the BLF, said: "Like millions across the country, I was shocked by the scenes of devastation and despair broadcast on our screens in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

"The BLF’s mission is to support people and communities most in need and it is therefore important that we are able to respond in this way, complementing and adding value to others already working to support the rebuilding of communities and infrastructure in the Philippines.

"I want us to work with those UK bodies on the ground in the Philippines to establish how best we enable them to help communities to rebuild their lives. Once we are clear what is needed, we will make sure that our funds flow to those projects which will have the most impact."

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