The Philippines is one of the world's most disaster prone countries. It is struck by more than 20 typhoons in an average year, and with the effects of climate change that number is expected to rise. By investing in communities before disaster strikes and helping them prepare, we can lessen disasters' impacts and ensure that communities can recover quickly and with less reliance on outside aid. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The disasters which strike the Philippines can have a devastating effect on the small community of Banaba, just outside Manila. The area is densely populated and many poor families live dangerously close to rivers which almost encircle the community. When typhoons and floods strike homes are quickly flooded, and families have to evacuate to safety. They need support to ride out the storms and to get back on their feet in the aftermath.
While no one can control the weather, there is a great deal that can be done to prepare for disaster. The community of Banaba has come together to form a community group called Buklod Tao. The group has helped protect the community for years by building flood defences, rescue boats, and most recently also an evacuation centre. They also provide hot meals to evacuees during and after storms. This project will help support Buklod Tao's ongoing preparations for and response to disaster.
This project will invest in the community's ability to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. Families will be more prepared for storms and floods when they do come, and also able to recover more quickly afterwards. This will provide more stability and security for the community in the long-term.