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The Inspiration Networks and Convoy of Hope Respond to Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

Contact: Kristina Hill, The Inspiration Networks, 704-561-7866, khill@insp.com


CHARLOTTE, NC, Dec. 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Inspiration Networks has partnered with the humanitarian agency Convoy of Hope to supply food, water, and vital supplies to areas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Durian. Convoy of Hope personnel have also been on site in the Philippines since the week of December 11.


Blowing across the Albay Province southeast of Manila, the catastrophic typhoon left extensive damage in its wake, including mudslides that covered areas of Daraga City.


"The people of the Philippines are in a dire state," said David Cerullo, CEO of The Inspiration Networks. "The area has been without electricity or clean water for more than 14 days and is expected to remain in this state for some time. During this Christmas season when so much of our focus is on giving, we are honored to be able to provide vital supplies that will help bring relief to the people in this area. "


While on-site, an assessment team from Convoy of Hope has been training victims on the construction and usage of water filtration systems. The Inspiration Networks and Convoy of Hope have also sent a load of bio-sand filters, vinyl tarps, food, and bottled water to the area. Another load of tents, dried fruit, cleaning supplies, and buckets were shipped last Thursday.


Through an ongoing partnership, FedEx donated the first shipment of the most urgent relief supplies. Combined, the two shipments are valued at $100,000.


For more information about Convoy of Hope and how you can help with the Philippines outreach and other projects, please call 417.823.8998 or visit www.convoyofhope.org.


About Convoy of Hope:

Based in Springfield, Missouri, Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994. It has received praise for its work from such dignitaries as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who commented, "The Convoy of Hope is a remarkable organization to people in need in America and around the world."


About The Inspiration Networks:

The Inspiration Networks includes cable TV networks INSP-The Inspiration Network, La Familia Cosmovision (LFC), Inspirational Life Television (i-Lifetv), and INI—Inspiration Network International (INI). INSP is carried on more than 2,500 U.S. cable systems serving 22 million households. i-Lifetv is a digital inspirational lifestyles network launched in June 1998 that currently serves over 10 million subscribers. La Familia Cosmovision is a digital network that features family-friendly programming for Hispanic families. INI is delivered direct to home, serving over 55+ million households in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Approximately 50 percent of INI's schedule is original and exclusive programming with programs for children, teens and the international family. INI features a blend of U.S. and European ministry programmers. The Inspiration Networks also operates a number of new media franchises including the premiere broadband portal for the inspirational market, "Inspiration.net," which features "Inspiration Now," a robust video player populated with an award-winning array of exclusive programs for teens, kids, and adults from The Inspiration Networks' linear networks, and other exclusive content. Inspiration.net features the only use of Brightcove's state-of-the-art broadband TV service for the inspirational market. Other new media franchises include "Inspiration Video on Demand," the first inspirational video on demand platform for cable television delivery, and "Inspiration Mobile," delivering inspirational content directly to mobile phone handsets.