CARE Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

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Haiyan 1 - Peter Caton
Haiyan 1 - Peter Caton

In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, CARE collaborated with the United Nations and some 40 other agencies to rapidly assess the situation and needs of people across nine provinces. Food, shelter and the restoration of livelihoods were the biggest priorities identified. Despite severe logistical challenges due to flooding and blocked or destroyed roads, CARE began distributing food relief packages just eight days after the storm.

As we continued to reach needy families with food supplies, CARE also mobilized our local partners to assist in providing survivors with shelter repair kits and initial cash transfers to support the recovery of livelihoods.

Thanks to the timely support and generosity from our donors, CARE surpassed the target of reaching 40,000 households in the three worst affected areas in the Visayas region: Leyte, Western Samar and Panay. In the first year of our response, CARE assisted 68,170 households (or 318,650 people) with food, shelter and financial assistance.

CARE has now transitioned from an emergency to recovery phase, meaning our food distributions have ended and we are focusing on helping more people rebuild their lives through an integrated shelter and livelihoods program approach. Given the scale and scope of the devastation, this form of humanitarian development assistance – helping families build back safer and revive the local economy and livelihoods – will need to be sustained over the coming years to ensure the full recovery of affected communities.

Top Line Achievements:

  • 54,284 households (or 252,115 people) received emergency food assistance. Overall, CARE and our local partners delivered more than 1,115 metric tons of food.
  • 13,905 households (or 59,984 people) received emergency shelter supplies, including tarpaulins, tools and kitchen sets. The number of tarpaulins distributed by CARE could cover the equivalent of 4,040 basketball courts.
  • 9,484 children were fed as part of a CARE-supported government school feeding program.
  • 15,413 households (or 77,068 people) received high-quality shelter repair kits, including corrugated metal sheets and tools, and cash to cover the purchase of lumber and construction costs.
  • CARE trained more than 500 community carpenters on “build back safer” techniques to support people in rebuilding their homes.
  • 27,040 households (or 135,200 people) benefited from livelihoods start-up grants of US$181 and orientations on livelihoods planning and household money management to help them restore previous work or engage in new income-generating activities.
  • Over 220 trainings were conducted on livelihoods planning and good household money management.

In total, CARE reached 318,650 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Thank you for your generous support!

Haiyan 2
Haiyan 2

Easing survivors’ double burden key to sustaining Haiyan recovery

May 6, 2014

Six months after super typhoon Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, humanitarian organization CARE is concerned that survivors continue to confront serious struggles, especially in the interrelated areas of shelter and livelihood.

“Some good strides have been made in the transition from an emergency to early recovery phase. Still, too many families in the worst-hit areas continue to live in makeshift shelters, while many of those who have started to rebuild or repair their damaged houses have yet to complete their homes”, says Lex Kassenberg, country director of CARE Philippines.

An estimated 2 million people are still without durable shelter and remain at risk, especially in light of the next typhoon season coming next month.

On Haiyan’s six month mark, CARE is ready to expand its shelter program by providing additional cash assistance to the most vulnerable of its earlier beneficiaries to allow them to complete their shelters by buying materials they still lack like lumber to finish their walling.

CARE has responded actively to the great shelter needs, initially providing emergency shelter materials such as tarpaulins and other non-food items during the first crucial months following the disaster.

In January 2014, CARE moved to distributing shelter repair kit materials to the most vulnerable households in remote areas in Leyte and Panay, reaching 12,255 households or 55,307 people. 

CARE’s shelter intervention has provided survivors with the support to start rebuilding their homes. Through the shelter repair kit composed of building materials such as corrugated sheets, specialized nails, hammer, aluminium screen and other items coupled with a cash assistance of USD 68, beneficiaries were able to construct their homes’ foundation and roofing consistent with building back safer techniques.

The last three months, however, saw affected households grapple with the double burden of rebuilding their homes mostly from scratch and restoring their livelihoods at the same time, inevitably dividing their focus and even draining their energy.

In order to ease the twin burdens of the survivors, CARE will gear up its efforts in the recently launched early livelihood recovery programs during the weeks and months ahead.

CARE is targeting 25,000 household beneficiaries across Leyte, Samar and Panay with cash transfers of USD 68. The cash grant will allow beneficiaries to restore their livelihoods destroyed by Haiyan, or venture into new income-generating activities.

“Simultaneously working on shelter and livelihood programs will help CARE strengthen and sustain the recovery process of our beneficiaries”, says Kassenberg.

From its food distribution during the emergency phase to its shelter and livelihood programs, CARE has so far reached more than 300,000 beneficiaries in almost 65,000 households across Leyte, Samar and Panay, surpassing its initial target of 200,000 beneficiaries.

CARE is committed to the Haiyan response in the months and years to come to help rebuild lives. 

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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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Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.care.org
Project Leader:
Laura Cansicio
Atlanta, GA United States

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