Filipino missionary to speak about disaster relief in Oklahoma City

Salvador Cariaga, an Oklahoma Christian University graduate, is the director of Shepherd's Hill International, an organization that works with poor Filipinos. Cariaga will be in Oklahoma City on Sunday to raise money for disaster relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.
by Silas Allen Published: November 17, 2013
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But the villages near the camp weren't so lucky, he said. Many of the buildings at the camp are made of concrete and steel, he said, but many of the homes nearby were made of bamboo or grass. Many people in those homes died, he said.

“When something like that hits, it just causes total collapse,” he said.

Typically, Shepherd's Hill doesn't offer many handouts, Cariaga said. The group prefers to teach people a trade, he said. That encourages self-sufficiency rather than providing short-term help.

But after a disaster of this scale, the group has had to begin helping people in any way it can, he said. In some cases, that means providing for short-term needs, like shelter and food, in a way the group doesn't typically do, he said.

“We have to shift gears,” he said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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also ...

• Salvador Cariaga will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday at North MacArthur Church of Christ, 9300 N MacArthur Blvd.

• For more information about the organization, go to www.shepherdshill.org.

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