Permanent Home Construction Under Way

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In the Philippines, we find good news: Recovery is underway after Typhoon Haiyan tore through islands, homes and lives in November 2013. CRS has transitioned from emergency assistance to programs that are laying the foundation for long-term recovery and stability. Permanent homes are in construction and thousands of people have access to seeds and tools to rebuild their livelihoods.


In the Philippines, recovery is underway after Typhoon Haiyan tore through its islands in November 2013. Typhoon Haiyan’s 195 mph winds flattened towns, schools, infrastructure and entire coastal villages. An estimated 6,201 people perished in the storm, 1,785 are missing and 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed. It is the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall. Five months after the super storm, rebuilding is well underway. Still, it is a long road to recovery.

CRS Commitment

donate-nowWith an outpouring of support from individuals and dioceses across the United States, CRS was able to commit early on to helping 100,000 families—500,000 people—with shelter, living supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene, debris clearing and income recovery. CRS will focus these efforts on the heavy-hit islands of Leyte and Samar, and in the areas of Palo, Tacloban, Ormoc and eastern Samar. We anticipate the recovery to span 3 to 5 years, at an amount of $50 million.

Impact to Date

CRS has supported 40,000 families (200,000 people) with emergency shelter, clean water and sanitation.

Emergency phase (first 3 months):
CRS has provided 42,921 tarps for shelter; completed 22 full permanent shelters; distributed 35,620 water, sanitation and hygiene kits; installed water taps and water bladders for 13,120 people; and provided cash-for-work activities that have removed 3,991 tons of debris.

Transitional Phase (years 1 and 2):

Shelter: So far, we have fully repaired 612 homes, with construction currently ongoing for 137. Nearly 1,300 families have benefited from shelter repair or construction.

Livelihoods: Cash-for-work activities ended on March 27, with the completion of 45,000 employment days. CRS employed 3,200 workers, who earned a total of $300,000, and 4,547 people have participated in 18 agricultural fairs, where they can purchase seeds, fertilizers, and tools. Twenty chainsaw operators have been deployed to assist small-scale landowners with land clearing.

Water, sanitation and hygiene: The cash-for-work groups removed 13,212 tons of debris, and cleared 111,135 feet of drains. In Palo, CRS teams built 16 latrines with hand-washing facilities in six schools and the construction of another six latrine cubicles for three schools is ongoing. We have also distributed home latrine repair kits to 829 families.

Long-Term Focus for Full Recovery

Shelter recovery: CRS is supporting permanent housing solutions that use local materials, as well as corrugated iron sheets, to construct similar A-frame homes of more durable, disaster-resistant materials. We are training carpenters and supplying them with essential carpentry tools for working with communities on their new shelters. Water programs will be integrated into the shelter design and building.

Livelihoods/income recovery: CRS is working with families to rebuild and strengthen their incomes and stability. This will involve restoring assets, diversifying livelihood options (with agriculture trainings, small-scale agro-enterprise and market opportunities), and reaching profitable markets to increase production.