14 April 2014
A British Red Cross plan to rebuild homes, boost people’s health and incomes and repair schools in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has been announced.
Haiyan tore through the Philippines in November 2013, affecting 16.8 million people. By the end of January, four million had still not returned to their homes.
The British Red Cross has been working with those affected since the typhoon happened, and its supporters have helped raise more than £17 million for the relief effort. Now the organisation has revealed how it will help thousands of people recover from the disaster over the next two and a half years.
The programme will run in the province of Ilo Ilo, which was significantly affected with major damage to housing and infrastructure. It will take place in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, giving the organisation support to prepare for future disasters.
The plan in numbers
The programme will:
- build or repair 9,000 households
- give 15,000 people access to clean water and facilities such as wells and latrines
- build or repair three health facilities
- give 32,000 people information about hygiene and sanitation
- help 3,000 people restore their livelihoods
- build or repair 30 classrooms, and give 10 schools improved sanitation facilities.
Hundreds of local volunteers, as well as experts from the Philippines Red Cross and British Red Cross, will carry out the work.
Last month Sir Nicholas Young, British Red Cross chief executive, visited the Philippines to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines Red Cross.
He said: “While these plans signify a strong start to the recovery phase, there is a long and difficult journey ahead.
“As we hit the six-month milestone we must not lose sight of the support the Philippines still desperately needs.”