Typhoon Bopha hit the island of Mindanao on December, 2012 killing more than 1,100 people and leaving over 75,000 families homeless. CRS is responding with support from USAID, Caritas Australia, Cordaid, and Latter-day Saints Charities with cash for work, water and sanitation, shelter and relief items. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS
The latest from our staff in Philippines on the CRS response to Typhoon Bopha:
- CRS’ livelihoods assessment found 76 percent of farmers and 83 percent of farm laborers are reliant on food relief, cash for work and donations from friends for food and income. Forty-five percent of farm laborers are unemployed. There is significant concern that the current food relief and cash for work/cleanup programs will not revive the agricultural sector.
- Seki Hirano, TA for Shelter, and the Typhoon Bopha Shelter Cluster presented shelter needs to InterAction working group on shelter and settlements last Thursday to advocate for shelter needs.
- CRS has distributed emergency shelter kits to 9,404 families in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces including tarpaulins and nails. 831 emergency shelter kits are scheduled to be distributed to Monkayo and Compostela this week.
- CRS has completed over 7,000 work days for cash for work in cleanup.
- The CRS shelter team began construction of two more demonstration recovery shelter models this week that will incorporate several simple but effective disaster resistant construction techniques.
Thanks to Joseph Curry, Donald Rogers and Jen Hardy.