ACT Alliance Appeal: Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan – Rehabilitation - PHL151

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Appeal Target: US$ 10,320,781 Balance Requested: US$ 10,320,781

Dear Colleagues,

Typhoon Haiyan, (locally known as Yolanda), slammed into eastern Philippines on 8 November 2013.
Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in recorded history ever to make landfall, created winds and storm surges that killed more than 6,300 people and caused catastrophic damage to the affected areas. 44 provinces, 57 cities, 591 municipalities and 12,129 barangays were impacted, affecting more than 16 million people. Over 1 million homes were destroyed. The provinces of Leyte and Samar, where Haiyan initially made landfall, were among the most affected. The super typhoon created an estimated $2.04B in damage, including major damage to the agricultural sector. Fisher folk and small-scale coconut farmers, already among the poorest in the agricultural sector, suffered tremendous losses.

With the immediate relief effort now transitioning into recovery, four members of the ACT Alliance:
Christian Aid, ICCO, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) are requesting a follow-on appeal to build on their critical work in the most affected provinces of Cebu, Samar, Leyte and Panay and Palawan. These four organizations are members of the ACT Philippines Forum.

The follow-on appeal will build on ACT Philippines’ strong local partnerships to effectively implement these critical programs to help build healthier, more economically sustainable disaster resilient communities. Continued progress has been made on land use issues in many areas. While land tenure has not been granted in most cases, many tenants have been given written permission to build homes, small-scale livelihood enterprises and/or WASH facilities in barangays. This is a key factor that will help to accelerate project implementation in the coming months.

ACT Philippines Forum members plan to continue the following projects amongst others: shelter (more resilient homes), community based psychosocial support (CBPS); WASH; disaster risk reduction (DRR); livelihood restoration and training including diversification of agricultural and non-agricultural income; protection; natural resource management, emergency preparedness along with quality and accountability.