November 22, 2013

Ongoing Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

Photo: Ole Ramsing

APPEAL CODE:  #700-M
APPEAL GOAL:  $750,000

SITUATION:

Recovery efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are ongoing with continued needs that remain staggering. According to the United Nations, 13.2 million were affected; 4.33 million people were displaced; and 1 million homes were damaged. In addition, 2.5 million people require urgent food assistance.

CWS RESPONSE:

CWS continues supporting early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines. These partners include the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Christian Aid and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

CWS-supported efforts include providing immediate assistance to more than 200,000 persons. Initial response efforts include providing emergency food to 259,000 persons; non-food items (plastic sheeting, etc) to 192,000; water/sanitation repair to 205,000. As well, programs of cash for work for 63,400; shelter assistance for 90,000 people; and disaster risk reduction programs for 2,500.

In recent days, CWS partners have completed a distribution in Anonang Norte (Bogo City of Northern Cebu) with 350 households benefiting from food packages.

In Anonang Sur, more than 260 food packages will be distributed this weekend. In Medellin (Cebu), 353 households will be provided food and non-food items

While food distribution has ramped up, other urgent needs include providing shelter materials to help people rebuild their houses and secure properties. CWS partners plan to initiate non-food item and shelter intervention in Bogo and Medellin in Cebu; Dulag, Tolosa and Tabon Tabon in Leyte; as well as Guiuan, Hernani, Balangtayan in Eastern Samar.

Generally, the food items being distributed include rice, canned goods, dried beans. Non-food items include plastic sheeting, blankets, and water containers.

ACT members are targeting subsistence farmers, small fishermen, poor urban dwellers and female-headed households among the most-affected by the typhoon, as they have very limited capacity, finances and resources of their own to recover from the recent disaster.

CWS's response includes providing technical support to several of our local partners.

BUDGET: The total amount being sought for the entire CWS-supported ACT effort, plus CWS technical support to local partners, is $15,418,584. Each of the ACT members has a separate budget; among the largest direct cost items in most of the budgets are for food, shelter and water, hygiene and sanitation items.

Please note: Several appeal revisions related to this response are expected.

HOW TO HELP:

Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, Attn. Typhoon Haiyan (#700-M), P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.