Immediately after the typhoon, CARE and our local partners responded with emergency relief to reach affected communities.
Meanwhile, our supporters also responded. CARE has raised over $20 million (USD) from private and institutional donors towards our emergency response and recovery efforts.
Thanks to your generous support, CARE is now working with partners to deliver emergency relief in three areas of the Philippines: Leyte (20,000 households), Samar (10,000 households) and Panay (10,000 households).
CARE's emergency response is focused on providing lifesaving food, shelter and Livelihood assistance, helping communities recover in the months and years to come. Overall, our relief operations are expected to reach 250,000 people.
Since the storm first hit, CARE has reached more than 200,000 people. This includes:
185,000 people with food relief plus an additional 3,700 people with cash transfers to purchase food and CARE and our partners have delivered more than 1,115 metric tons of food.
36,000 people with emergency shelter supplies including tarpaulins, tools and kitchen sets. Tarps distributed by CARE would cover the equivalent of 4,040 basketball courts - one of the most popular sports in the Philippines.
3,800 people with high quality shelter repair kits including corrugated metal sheets, tools, specialized nails and other items; an additional cash supplement for extra costs; and training on building back safer techniques
A long term approach
As Local markets open and food is more available in the communities, CARE will look to scale back our food distribution activities and shift our focus to livelihood support. The goal is to help people meet their own food needs and earn additional income in the months ahead.
The typhoon was devastating for Local Livelihoods. Some 5.9 million workers in nine regions were affected, with their sources of income destroyed or disrupted. Of these, 2.6 million people have been identified as most vulnerable.
For example, the destruction of the coconut trees will have a serious impact on associated Livelihoods in the industry. More than 33 million of these trees were damaged or destroyed. It generally takes six to nine years for new coconut trees to become productive again.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Typhoon Haiyan also destroyed one third of the Philippines' rice growing areas- an important source of livelihoods and a staple food for the local community.
As many locals say, “It was Yolanda that took our harvest this year."
Working closely with our local partners, in the coming weeks CARE will begin assisting vulnerable families with financial support to restore such Livelihoods as vegetable farming, rice production, fishing and other income-generating activities. The goal of this programming will be to help families meet their basic needs, while earning additional income.
On behalf of the incredible, resilient people of the Philippines, thank you so much for your generous support of CARE’s relief efforts.
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Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances