Photo by WAND
As we transition into a new year, it’s been amazing to see our GlobalGiving partners’ unwavering commitment and hard work to restore typhoon-stricken areas in the Philippines over the past three years. The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, wiped out homes, claimed thousands of lives, and left more than 4 million people displaced. It is said to be one of the strongest tropical storms to make landfall and the impact can still be felt today. However, there is good news! because of donors like you, the Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund has made steady advances in the restoration of Filipino communities. Below you can find the latest update from our partners on the ground.
With the help of community members and artisan volunteers, Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc. has placed the finishing touches on a damaged tank reservoir. The community reconstructed the tank walls with concrete and removed debris from the inner compartments of the reservoir. Though the project is making improvements, there is still work required in order for the SIBAT to reach their goal. Check out Generate 33 Cubic Meters Of Water to 165 Homes, to read about how you can help them purchase solar panels, frame fixtures, and electrical ancillaries.
In the Leyte province, coconut is a main source of livelihood for farmers. The aftermath of the super typhoon demolished nearly 98% of coconut trees in the area, leaving many farmers and their families in vulnerable circumstances. The Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation(WAND) is steadfast in their efforts to provide planting materials that will regrow coconuts in order to increase biodiversity in the area. They were able to transport roughly 12,000 seeds containing coconuts, narra, mahogany, cacao, and a wide range of fruit trees. WAND has also partnered with the local municipal agriculture office to provide efficient technical assistance to farmers planting seeds.
The Asia America Initiative is in full operational mode in Ilongo and Capiz provinces. Their work in the field has resulted in damaged schools begin replenished with books and many other school supplies. In addition, AAI contributed to these schools receiving water tanks and wash basins to provide adequate sanitation. In which has led to an increase in quality drinking water and reduced water-borne and mosquito-related illnesses. Take a look at AAI’s project, Food and Water for Philippine Typhoon Survivors’, and help them build school-based programs in Capiz.
Since the last report, IsraAID’s has shifted their attention to the most recent typhoon to strike the Philippines. Last October, the Cagayan province experienced a category 3 typhoon, known as Haima, that caused flooding and landslides to occur. The region was faced with extensive debris, damaged homes, and a loss of farmland. IsraAID distributed items and provided psychological support to victims of the disaster. They are remaining diligent in their mission to provide food security through agriculture and integrate psychosocial support into the school’s educational system.
For 3 years, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) have grounded themselves in Tacloban, to help children return to school after the typhoon. IDV partnered with Mobile Soup Kitchen for Kids (MSKK) to provided over 6,000 hot nutritious meals. They also assisted in clearing out glass, broken concrete, steel, and mud from several schools in the area. In result, nearly 3,000 children were able to return to a safe school. Their efforts didn’t cease there, they diverted their attention to long-term solutions that would provide sustainable results for education. They started with repairing classrooms and paying teachers’ salaries for Aram Learning Studio until they regained stability. IDV also repaired and repainted demolished classrooms at San Augustin school. Their work in these school provided students with a beautiful and brand new start to the school year. Check out their work here.
Behind these inspiring projects are the donors! We can’t thank you enough for your continuous support in providing the Filipino community with immediate and long-term relief.
Photo by IsraAID
Photo by IDV
Photo by AAI