Typhoon Bopha Emergency Relief in the Philippines

by Peace Winds America
Feb 26, 2013

Thank You from PWA Philippines Relief Team

Emergency package distribution
Emergency package distribution

THANK YOU!!   We have completed our Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) emergency response.   Your contribution provided emergency relief to 500 families and counseling and care to 100 children.

Peace Winds America, together with our Philippine local partner, Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Philippines, distributed relief supplies in Typhoon Pablo-affected communities in Bukidnon Province on Mindanao Island.  Our response helped families cope with the immediate impacts of the disaster and helped families struggling to recover.

Community-wide effort to help five Communities

Many organizations focused relief operations in the Compostela Valley region.  Our local partner, CDRC, initially concentrated our relief efforts in the Compostela Valley and the Davao Oriental region.  We soon recognized that five communities in Bukidnon province received very little assistance.    We identified 500 families in two cities needing immediate attention.  CDRC coordinated the relief with community members and volunteers from a local NGO and the farmer’s organization,KASAMA, packaging and distributing relief goods.   Your donations supported people in the five cities of Cabangahan, Bangcud, Campuhan, Batangan and Poblacion.

Reaching out to over 100 children with psycho-social support

CDRC provided psycho-social support for children staying at evacuation shelters.  These children had witnessed their houses being swept away by the flood and had no idea where they might be relocated.  Through counseling, including expressing their feelings through discussions and art, the children could better understand their current situation and be less anxious. 

What’s a relief package?

The PWA relief package contained basic foods items which could sustain an average family for one week at the evacuation centers.  The package included: Rice- 10kg; mongo beans--500g; dried fish--500g; sardines--four cans; cooking oil--250ml; one laundry soap bar; one blanket; and, one mattress. 

For the first three weeks after the disaster, evacuees from these five communities received only three (3) kilos of rice and noodles, and three (3) cans of sardines from the government and other groups. “Christmas was so lonely, we just slept the night away,” said one of the beneficiaries. The mattress and blanket PWA provided were much appreciated, as most of the beneficiaries were forced to sleep on the cold cement floor or on the benches of the gym.

The serious situation continues

Many families who lost houses lived by the river.  They cannot go return to their home because erosion from the flood took away their property.  “We cannot go back to the area because our community is still submerged,” one of the beneficiaries said.  “We badly needed shelter and food,” another one added.

Peace Winds America is concluding emergency relief operations for Typhoon Pablo, and yet we and our local partners will continue monitoring the situation in the typhoon-affected areas.

PWA would like to send most sincere appreciation to your generosity.  With your help, we were able to provide critical supplies to 500 families!

Thank you for helping us!
Thank you for helping us!
Psychosocial support for children
Psychosocial support for children
Relief package helps feed my family!
Relief package helps feed my family!
Beneficiary is confirmed with a ticket
Beneficiary is confirmed with a ticket



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Peace Winds America

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http://peacewindsamerica.org/
Project Leader:
Jon Ehrenfeld
Seattle, WA United States

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