Helping typhoon victims in the Philippines
In one of its largest relief operations in years, Caritas Internationalis is helping over 800,000 people who lost homes, loved ones and livelihoods during Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Local name Yolanda, the storm was one of the most powerful ever recorded and left millions without food, clean water, and shelter.
From shelter to replacing household goods, farming and livelihoods, clean water and food, and education and safeguarding against future disasters, over 43 Caritas national organisations supported the emergency response led by Caritas Philippines-NASSA.
Caritas Philippines-NASSA National Director, Bishop Broderick Pabillo said after the storm, “The help we are getting is coming from every Catholic soul in the world.”
In a unique approach, Caritas is working with over 100 communities to give them charge of their own rebuilding programme as reconstruction efforts continue.
Caritas Updates from the Philippines
Caritas has helped almost 800,000 people affected by the Super Cyclone Haiyan in the first twelve months since the storm hit the Philippines on 8 November.
Thanks to Caritas members CAFOD and CORDAID, Flora and her family have moved into a new house, with a concrete base and a galvanised iron roof.
Ronald says that coming back to the hospital is an important milestone. “I am very happy,” he says. “I’m glad I’ve seen Hilda, and glad that she’s alive. I recall all of my memorees from that day, but I’m not going to cry again. I said that if I came back, I would not cry anymore.”
A 'Risk Map' is helping communities in the Philippines make their own plans on how to be better able to resist future natural disasters in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Six months on from the Super Storm Haiyan, families in the Philippines are moving into homes built with the support of Caritas organisations.
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