Good Neighbors International responds to typhoon in Philippines
The Island of Mindanao, the southern Philippines was struck by typhoon Bopha, the strong tropical cyclone on 4 December 2012. In particular Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental were the worst affected provinces in Mindanao. The death toll stands at 1,146 people with further 834 people reported missing. 925,412 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere and over 230,000 houses were damaged or destroyed(UNOCHA, 12 Feb 2013).
Good Neighbors International dispatched an assessment team to identify the situation and needs in Compostela Valley. The team observed that numerous NGOs converged on certain areas and thereby found out two isolated barangays, Aguinaldo and Kilagding having no the outside assistance. The team identified most houses were damaged and destroyed in Aguinaldo and children couldn’t keep their studies sustainably on account of collapse of school in Kilagding.
Good Neighbors International thus, raised fund from Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) and made a partnership local government and World Food Program(WFP) as the type of ‘Cash for Work ’ for the early restoration. With them, Good Neighbors International has been proceeding two projects: 1) Shelter repair reconstruction in Aguinaldo for 500 families 2) School reconstruction in Kilagding for 421 children as of 20 Feb 2013.
Good Neighbors is the international relief and development organization. Good Neighbors has made great strides in its mission by providing people around the world with a better quality of life since its establishment in Korea, 1991. Good Neighbors was granted General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC in 1996 and acknowledged its contribution and granted the ‘MDGs Award’ in 2007.