Philippines Disaster Response Fund - Haiyan

 
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Nov 7, 2014

Haiyan Relief - Update and Match Opportunity TODAY

A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay
A boat repair beneficiary in Buluang barangay

It has been one year since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked widespread destruction on the Philippines. Even as new typhoons bear down on the country, survivors of that disaster are still picking up the piecing, trying to recover, restore their livelihoods, and resume the lives they had prior to the destruction of November 8, 2013. Peace Winds America responded immediately, but pledged as well we would not leave when immediate relief ended. We committed to long-term recovery.

Restoring Livelihoods and Economic Opportunity on Busuanga

In our previous reports we detailed our work on the western island of Busuanga. Far from the media spotlight in the Eastern Visayas, this area was equally damaged by the storm.  In partnership with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, the Southern Tagalog People’s Resource Center, and the U.S.-Philippines Society, we targeted six hard-hit barangay for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.

The most recent recovery project highlighted the barangay of Cheey, Salvacion, Buluang, Maglalambay, San Isidro, and Panlaitan.  There we have helped 70% of shelter beneficiaries construct new residences, providing galvanized iron sheets, nails, lumber, and carpentry tools.  To speed economic recovery we selected 100 needy fishing families and provided them with marine plywood, paint, epoxy, nails, and boat bases, sufficient for restoring their damaged fishing boats. Fishing families also received nets (specific to their catch), seaweed culture, ropes, and drying materials.

PWA assisted farming families as well. In the six barangay we provided 145 farmers with rice and vegetable seeds, farming tools, swine management training, farm tools, and carabao (water buffalo). To prevent our recipients from becoming victims again, the shelter and livelihood tools were accompanied by community disaster management training.

Match Your Donation Today to Extend Recovery

Today only, GlobalGiving is providing a 100% match for all donations to Haiyan recovery projects.  With your donation we can continue to meet the many needs that still exist in the Philippines, expanding our economic livelihood assistance within the six barangay and identifying others in need.

Thank you for your support! With your help, one year after the storm we can tell the victims of Haiyan that they are not forgotten.

Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
Recovery items distribution, Cheey barangay
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
A repaired fishing boat, ready to return to sea
Aug 6, 2014

Recovery Expands on Busuanga Island

New fishing boat under construction
New fishing boat under construction

In May we reported on our site visit to hard-hit Busuanga Island reviewing firsthand the ongoing Typhoon Haiyan recovery and the impact our programs were making. Our time on-site confirmed the need for continued involvement and showed that these remote areas remain deeply under-served by the aid community.  Peace Winds America is committed to assisting the people of these areas.

We are pleased to report that PWA has expanded the Busuanga Island Typhoon Haiyan recovery program. Three new barangays - San Isidro, Maglalambay, and Panlaitan - bring our total barangays served to six. In the current program expansion PWA is partnering as well with the U.S.-Philippines Society.

Under the expanded project PWA will provide a host of needed recovery goods and services. To restore livelihoods we are providing  boat repair items (marine plywood, epoxy, nails, paint) and fishing gear such as nets, lines, and hooks. Agricultural livelihood assistance covers a range of items, from animals (swine, chicken, water buffalo) to seeds for rice, corn, root crops, and vegetables, as well as the implementation of a communal seed bank. PWA is also providing farm tools. Throughout, PWA is maintianing a focus on the restoration of the livelihood of the community, not merely individuals within each barangay.

The PWA program is helping these communities prepare for future disaters as well. PWA and our local partner is conducting disaster mitigation education and training,which aids local leaders to understand and  implement programs to make their areas disaster resilient. PWA's partners on the ground are additionally helping leaders form disaster preparedness teams to improve future community-based disaster management.

Without your help we could not implement this program. Peace Winds America is deeply grateful for your ongoing support and hopes your generosity will continue.

New fishing net for distribution
New fishing net for distribution
May 6, 2014

Haiyan Recovery - Site Visit Shows Great Need

STPRC Staff Inspecting a Destroyed Fishing Boat
STPRC Staff Inspecting a Destroyed Fishing Boat

Transitioning from Relief to Recovery

In March 2014, PWA staff visited families and community leaders in three of the hardest hit barangays (villages) on Busuanga Island. Since the November 8 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), PWA has served these barangay’s fishing and farming families, providing meals, water, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits, and supplies.  With the relief phase now over, the barangay leaders, farmers, and fisherfolk are asking Peace Winds America to join them in rebuilding their neighborhoods and homes, and in regaining their fishing and farming livelihoods. 

In late March PWA staff joined our local partners* in a site visit to Busuanga.  We had the opportunity to meet local community leaders, aid recipients, and barangay officials.  They confirmed that the immediate needs (such as food and water) had been met, but that their communities were still devastated by the storm.

In response, PWA and our local partners are focusing on recovery, distributing the much-need farming, fishing, and housing supplies.  We are purchasing plywood and nylon netting to help fisherfolk repair their boats and nets, which were badly damaged or destroyed.  Other high-priority items include livestock (swine, chickens), seaweed culture (ropes and seeds), rice seed and farm tools.  All families especially need plywood, tools, and galvanized iron sheets to rebuild their homes as they move from housing shelters.  Before the rainy season begins in late May the communities are seeking carabao (water buffalo), which multiple families share to help prepare their rice paddies for planting.

PWA and local partners are committed to work side-by-side with these communities as the farmers and fisherfolk strive to restore their livelihoods and homes over the next twelve months.  Typhoon relief may have ended, but the needs on the road back to normalcy are great.   

*Our recovery partners are the Citizens Disaster Relief Corps (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center (STPRC)

Inspecting New Fishing Nets
Inspecting New Fishing Nets
Women in Buluang barangay with the daily catch
Women in Buluang barangay with the daily catch
Feb 21, 2014

Critical Relief Continues in the Western Visayas

Relief Distribution on Busuanga
Relief Distribution on Busuanga

Relief on Busuanga Island: Updated Information on Typhoon Damage and Relief Activities

It is now over three months since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines.  After the initial rush of relief died down Peace Winds America has been able to work with its partners on the ground to gain a clearer picture of damages as well as relief activities.  Presently our relief remains centered on Busuanga Island (Palawan Region), a rural community in the Western Visayas far from the media spotlight still centered on Samar and Leyte.

Busuanga Island – A Picture of the Damage

Ongoing situation reports and needs assessments have brought the effects of Haiyan into sharper focus.  Through the efforts of local governments, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog Peoples’ Resource Center (STPRC), multiple Damage, Needs, and Capabilities Assessments (DNCAs) have been carried out. The picture they paint is stark.  All 14 barangays on the island were damaged, affecting 28,640 people and rendering 4,405 families homeless. Significant damage was done to rice paddies and fishing boats as well as tourist sites (primarily scuba diving).  In the targeted communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang alone there are nearly 10,000 affected people.  Between crop damage, loss of housing, loss of major buildings (e.g., schools) and destruction of stored goods, these communities were selected for intensive relief efforts.

Disaster Relief – A National and Community Effort

PWA knows from experience that disaster relief works best when local expertise guides the procurement and provision of needed items.  In Busuanga local organizations, volunteers, businesses, and support groups helped generate the needs assessments and direct relief.  This enabled CDRC and STPRC to procure goods in Manila (they were unavailable locally), ship them via Coron, and repack and distribute them upon arrival in Busuanga.

Thanks to CDRC and STPRC efforts to obtain discounts, PWA’s relief funding provided for 1,050 families, 50 above the targeted number. In total PWA provided:

  •          210 cavans of rice (approximately 23,100 lbs.)
  •          1,015 kg of dried fish
  •          63 boxes  sardines
  •          2,100 packs cooking oil (200 ml each)
  •          1050 sleeping mat kits
  •          1050 blankets
  •          1000 sets kitchen utensils (1,000 kettles and 6,000 plates)

These goods were packed into kits and distributed by CDRC/STPRC staff as well as members of the local government and volunteers. Prior to each distribution the relief recipients were given a brief training session on emergency response and preparedness for future disasters.

Looking Ahead – Toward Recovery

The damage and needs assessments painted a picture of acute and long-term need in these communities on Busuanga.  Moving forward, there will be serious efforts in the areas of shelter and livelihoods.  Peace Winds America has committed to providing support for these recovery efforts.  Together with our partners on the ground we will explore housing repair and rebuilding, fishing boat repair, and support for rice farmers whose fields, tools, and seed stock were damaged in the Typhoon.

We thank all of our donors for their generosity.  Together we have been able to provide desperately needed relief.  Together we will continue to help these communities as they recover.

Distribution of cooking kits
Distribution of cooking kits
Disaster preparedness education
Disaster preparedness education
Dec 2, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Update - Relief in Palawan

Hope and Destruction (CDRC/Marie-Charlotte Peze)
Hope and Destruction (CDRC/Marie-Charlotte Peze)

Relief Continues in Hard-Hit Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan has dropped off the front pages, but Peace Winds America and its partners are going strong. More than 3.3 million people are displaced, and the need for food, water, medicine, sanitation supplies, bedding, and shelter is greater than ever.  The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center and the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center are distributing relief items.  They contain relief packs with 10 kilograms of rice, dried fish, tinned sardines, 500 mls of cooking oil, a sleeping mat, blanket, and utensils. At the same time they are providing disaster risk reduction education for future emergencies.  Throughout, we are assessing needs on the ground and planning for recovery.

 A Focus on Marginal Areas

The media for this typhoon has been centered in the populous areas in the east, around Tacloban and Leyte.  Yet the devastation of the storm was enormous, and communities outside the media spotlight are at risk.  PWA and CDRC are partnering to bring relief goods to 1,000 families in Busuanga Island, northeast of Palawan, where 85% of properties were damaged or destroyed.  There the communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang are in critical need and far from the center of activity to the east.

Thinking Ahead to Recovery

Relief is still ongoing, yet now is the time to begin preparing a recovery strategy.  PWA is drawing on its successful recovery strategy after the 3/11 tsunami in Japan.  First, we are setting aside funds now, and committing to our partners that we will remain engaged throughout the disaster.  Second, we are assessing relief needs, and evaluating likely areas for recovery.  Presently PWA expects to provide recovery assistance for shelter and for fishing communities in coastal areas (boat/net repair, distribution of fishing supplies). Many relief organizations withdraw after the response phase – PWA stays on. 

 Your Support Has Made a Difference

PWA acknowledges and thanks its many donors in this catastrophe.  Thanks to you, we were quickly able to commit to our partners on the ground, and ensure long-term help for the need in the Philippines. We couldn’t do it without you.

(CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Peze)
(CDRC / Marie-Charlotte Peze)
Destruction in Busuanga (CDRC)
Destruction in Busuanga (CDRC)

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Jon Ehrenfeld

Seattle, WA United States

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