23 Dec 2014 – Yolanda (Haiyan) 1 year on
For the past year, SIM Philippines – with the contributions of generous people all over the world – has worked to help Filipinos affected by 2013’s “super typhoon” Yolanda get back on their feet and carry on with their lives. The photo essay here illustrates just some of the gradual but ultimately dramatic changes that we observed in three of the worst hit communities over the course of that year. The towns destroyed by the typhoon will never be the same. But they have embraced the marks it has left on them. Roll over each image to read more about it.
25 Jan 2014 – Update
HOMEGROWN RELIEF ENTERS SECOND PHASE
A team of eight SIMers has returned to Western Samar, Philippines to deliver building materials, school supplies, a generator, medical relief and much needed psychological support to survivors of super typhoon Haiyan in phase 2 of a 3 phase relief project.
Ten days before Christmas, the team – comprised mostly of Filipinos – arranged for the delivery of tin roofing, wood trusses, marine plywood, umbrella nails and 200 bags of cement: enough supplies to repair or rebuild 31 houses. The supplies were distributed by the Marabut Christian Community Church to both church members and non-members and the work was carried out exclusively by the families and their neighbours. “We want them to rebuild their [own] lives,” said Andy Tillman, an American member of the team with a long history in the Philippines.
Everyone who received supplies – with the exception of one aged healer in Marabut, who tragically died a few hours after the relief arrived – was able to use their repaired or rebuilt house by the end of the week. The church itself, which has been completely destroyed, received a new temporary meeting place to be used by the congregation until the larger building can be rebuilt.
School bags, notebooks, paper and pencils were also given to about 300 school children the day before classes were officially scheduled to resume and a diesel generator was delivered to the Marabut church along with a small starter supply of fuel. The generator will provide members of the community a charge-point for mobile phones and rechargeable flashlights at a much lower cost than existing for-profit options in the town.
Basic medical care and medicine, such as antibiotics, was provided to the community by the team¹s nurse, Roxanne, and a half day crash-course in
debriefing was given to about a dozen local women. Several men had also been scheduled to attend the training but were held up by the ongoing
reconstruction work in town. It is hoped the women will be able to provide some relief for others in the community suffering from the effects of
traumatic memories and grief.
Ghie Sibayan, the project coordinator, says there are still many immediate needs in the Marabut region, particularly relating to restoration of livelihood for the area’s many fishermen and coconut farmers. There is also a need to reassure survivors that support is still available. “People [in the disaster zone] are getting a reality check now,” she says, “because the honeymoon stage is over. They are thinking, ‘now we are on our own and
nobody will help us anymore.'”
Decisions about whether to return to the same region for phase 3 are still ongoing as are discussions with government personnel about official initiatives in the area.
11 Dec 2013
On November 8 2013, super typhoon Haiyan brought astronomical devastation in Eastern Visayas, the Philippines, resulting in massive loss of life, properties and dreams. The extent of its impact was so great (according to the NDRRMC, as of Nov 12 there were 1,337,446 affected families, 1,774 reported dead and up to 10,000 feared dead, 2,487 injured, 127,733 families displaced and 41,176 houses destroyed) that agencies from all over the world are needed to deliver aid of all kinds.
In selected areas of Eastern Visayas SIM is partnering with local churches or organizations to help 1000 families with the following:
Stage 1 – Relief: helping survivors with the basic needs of food, water, blankets, mats, used clothes, medicines, candles/matches and home utensils.
Stage 2 – Aid: medical clinics and trauma counselling in partnership with doctors, nurses and counsellors; contributing to rehabilitation by providing building materials to rebuild houses destroyed by the disaster. As funds allow we will also give some basic school supplies to school children.
$48,000 is urgently needed. Can you help? Give now quoting project #88600 When the funding for an immediate emergency response is raised, excess funds will ensure a fast response to the next disaster.
Keep up with the response: relief response team diary 26 Nov 2013