September 10, 2014
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) inflicted major damage on communities across the Philippines, claiming more than 6000 lives and displacing over 4 million. The economic losses incurred were unprecedented; fishing and agricultural industries were devastated and many livelihoods were lost.
From November 2013 to July 2014, PBV worked closely with community groups, local governments and international aid organisations to provide effective and timely assistance to disaster-stricken communities.
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Biliran Island was the focus of our main assistance project, as we worked with local partners to provide 1100 households with shelter repair kits and kitchen starter kits.
Over the course of nearly 8 months, PBV forged relationships with community members in the affected areas as they showed incredible resilience in rebuilding their lives.
Below are two photos of a young mother living in the Busali area of Biliran Island.
The first photo portrays how her house, which was located in a high-risk area on the coastline, was totally destroyed (photo taken in January 2014).
The second shows how the mother and her local community members rebuilt her house, using the shelter repair kit that PBV provided (photo taken in July 2014).
The family was also using the items included in PBV’s kitchen starter kit to prepare meals.
The local residents had even started a communal farming project after Typhoon Haiyan to recover food supplies and increase agricultural production.
PBV implemented one of its most comprehensive international response projects to date in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
When considering the deeper human, social and environmental impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, the road to recovery may be a long and arduous one. However, as the reconstruction of the affected areas and the rebuilding of communities continues, PBV will maintain contact with local partners and assist in any way possible. We hope to continue working together towards a brighter future and to build stronger and more resilient communities in the Philippines going forward.
Thank you to all who have supported our activities in the Philippines through generous donations – this project would not have been possible without your kindness.