The project will provide assistance by way of shelter, safe sanitation and food security to those affected by the typhoon in 2 municipalities in Northern Samar. Shelter assistance in the first weeks will be in terms of distribution of canvass to cover broken-down houses and later on, we will distribute more durable building materials in order for the affected to build their homes. Then we will repair damaged latrines, distribute hygiene kits and promote small-scale gardening activities.
Typhoon Melor (local name: Nona) slammed the northern tip of Samar early Monday December 14 with winds gusting 185 kilometers per hour, affecting 1.5 million people and causing heavy damage to homes, infrastructure and farming livelihoods. The area has been devastated 2 years in a row with very strong typhoons and their recovery with this new one is urgent.
We will provide immediate shelter, hygiene and food needs and then supporting the affected with safe sanitation, robust homes and gardening livelihoods in the long-term. In the immediate, provision of shelter will be in terms of canvass to cover roofs and then later with home repair materials such as bamboo mats and lumber. In terms of sanitation, we will focus on repairs of damaged latrines as we found out in previous projects that often the walls and roofs are destroyed.
The long term impact is we prevent the spread of diseases by the repairs of latrines. We also provide food security via small-scale vegetable gardening.