We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like these. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges.
The Philippines leads the world in natural disasters. Between September and November 2020, a series of typhoons delivered destruction, displacing thousands of families across the island nation. Asia America Initiative and local partners are conducting emergency and long-term relief including food and water to thousands of affected families.We apply lessons learned from two decades of relief programs. We also provide shelter materials, hygiene supplies, medicines and ongoing post-trauma services.
On November 1, Super Typhoon Goni struck the Philippines with winds up to 195 mph-the strongest since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013-leaving 151 cities and towns without electricity and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Current reports place the death toll at 20 people; with many affected communities still out of reach, damage could take days to assess. In response, International Medical Corps is launching efforts to address relief and recovery needs.
This project will provide food and sanitation relief and recovery support to 3,000 poor families affected by the Super Typhoon Goni/Rolly by the provision of hygiene kits and farming inputs in order to ensure that the problem of sanitation is responded to and the damaged agriculture is rehabilitated soonest.
We will provide food packs, vegetable seeds, root crops and hygiene kits to 7,500 families affected by Super Typhoon Goni in 12 villages in Albuera, Leyte and in Daraga, Albay. Although the villages in Leyte are not directly hit, they too are severely affected by strong winds and rain with vast agricultural lands damaged and harvest compromised. In Albay, we will focus on villages where we have local volunteers and partners with our previous response when Mayon Volcano erupted.
We will provide food packs, medicines, hygiene kits and starter livelihood packages to 2500 children affected by Super Typhoon Goni in 10 villages in Albay province. We will work with local youth-based associations in the identification and delivery of these support and then strengthen them for long-term recovery and partnership efforts.
In less than 2 weeks after Super Typhoon Goni (Rolly) made landfall in the Philippines, another Category 2 Typhoon -Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) struck the island of Luzon last Nov 11, 2020. Barely recovering from the first typhoon and with the threat of COVID-19 still remaining, families in poor communities are at risk of facing hunger daily. Flooding has left many without homes and access to food. This project will provide Food Relief to assist thousands of families during this time of crisis.
CDRC, TABI, and STPRC started the Damage, Needs, Capacity Assessment (DNCA) immediately after the typhoon struck. Based on the assessment, many cities and towns still do not have electricity and are still submerged in floodwaters including some areas in Batangas City, Quezon Province, and Bicol Region, disrupting access to water as well as communications. Aside from the immediate relief needs, people are in dire need of support to restore their livelihoods.