Philippines Disaster Response Fund - Haiyan

by Peace Winds America
AFTER: A fishing boat repaired by PWA
AFTER: A fishing boat repaired by PWA

Peace Winds America and Philippine partner Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) are completing a recovery program on Busuanga Island, Philippines.  With donor support, PWA has been able to reach six hard-hit barangays (communities) on Busuanga Island, targeting livelihood recovery.

Our program has focused on repairing fishing boats and nets damaged by the typhoon, purchasing new tools, seeds, and animals for local farmers, providing seaweed/aquaculture ropes/seeds.  CDRC has provided community-based disaster response and preparedness education. The important outcomes of this project are:  local families are regaining their livelihoods, and communities are becoming better prepared for future disasters.

We envision completing the livelihoods recovery program within the next three months.  At this time, we must pass to YOU, our donors, the gratitude of the families in the six barangays in Busuanga, Philippines.  Without your support, we could not implement this recovery program.

We hope you will continue to support our livelihoods recovery efforts.  Other fishing/farming communities on Busuanga Island are asking for assistance with boats, nets, animals—lost during Typhoon Haiyan.  Even now, the need for disaster recovery remains.  Your support maintains our commitment to typhoon recovery.

BEFORE: A fishing boat damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
BEFORE: A fishing boat damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
Busuanga fishermen process the day
Busuanga fishermen process the day's catch
Farmers plant new rice seeds in Cheey barangay
Farmers plant new rice seeds in Cheey barangay

Recovery Programs on Busuanga Make Their Mark

We at Peace Winds America wish you a good 2015!  We are grateful to continue working with you as we focus on disaster recovery and reconstruction.  Earlier we shared the many recovery activities on Busuanga Island:  providing Typhoon Haiyan victims with home and boat repair kits, new livestock, fishing nets and ropes, farm tools and seeds, and community disaster education.  These recovery activities have mostly concluded:  our partners on the ground have gauging the impact and effectiveness of the program and using the results to tailor future recovery projects.  Their assessment indicates a significant impact of PWA programs.  All six targeted barangay still need boat repair kits, fishing nets, fishing gear, livestock, vegetable seeds, and farm tools.  With your help we can implement another recovery program.

A Focus on Disaster Preparedness

In PWA programs, we engage in disaster preparedness of the Philippines as a whole.  Working with Government and non-profit partners, we are assessing responses to Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Hagupit.  In partnership with key allies (Philippines, U.S. and Japan), we are improving future planning and response.  From local relief and recovery efforts to our multi-year initiative on disaster preparedness, PWA remains involved and committed with the Philippines to reduce the devastating impact of natural disasters.

We extend our gratitude for your support.  We ask you to continue to join us in Philippine recovery. 

New fishing gear will spur economic development
New fishing gear will spur economic development
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
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
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

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Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Jon Ehrenfeld
Seattle, WA United States

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