Habitat for Humanity launches appeal to assist those affected by Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines

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Heron Holloway
+65 9068 1892

  • Assessment currently taking place

  • Distribution of hygiene and emergency shelter kits expected

  • 10,000 families to be supported

Singapore, 20th December 2011 – Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to assist thousands of families devastated by Tropical Storm Washi. Washi (called Sendong in the Philippines), swept across southern Philippines from 16 to 18 December, killing more than 950 people and destroying thousands of homes.

Habitat for Humanity is appealing for funds and donations of goods, or gifts-in-kind to support affected families.

Charlie Ayco, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, said: “Thousands of homes have been destroyed and so providing people with shelter is an immediate need that must be addressed. We are conducting an assessment at the moment and expect to start operations soon. Please donate to Habitat for Humanity to help those affected.”

Current government estimates are that more than 300,000 people have been affected – the majority in the worst affected cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the Northern Mindanao region[1]. Figures are expected to rise as national authorities gather and consolidate additional information.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines is expecting to support more than 10,000 families through the distribution of emergency shelter and hygiene or clean-up kits, containing items like corrugated iron roofing, nails, brooms, buckets and disinfectant. Habitat Philippines will also deploy mobile units with construction tools, so affected communities can start repairing their homes.

[1] Government of Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Situation Report no. 11, 20 December 2011

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About Habitat for Humanity Philippines
Habitat for Humanity Philippines is a non-profit organization that serves Filipinos in need of decent homes. HFH Philippines brings together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, HFH Philippines is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. For 23 years, HFH Philippines has served over 32,000 families throughout the country. HFH Philippines envisions that every Filipino family has a decent place to live.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit housing organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. An estimated 176,000 of these families are in the Asia-Pacific region, where Habitat has been active since 1983. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit or follow us at