Philippines - ReliefWeb News
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:07 PM
Author: Thin Lei Win
TACLOBAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated central Philippines, land ownership regulations and a lack of equipment are hampering the clearance of millions of fallen coconut trees before they rot and become insect-infested.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:39 PM
Author: Thin Lei Win
BASEY, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lilia Fonteres had been coughing for a long time, even before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her ramshackle home on the coast in a village in central Philippines. The cough worsened after the storm, as her family of four rebuilt their house from pieces of debris and tarpaulin.
President and CEO will visit Feb. 10-11
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Richmond, Va. – Feb. 10, 2014 – Three months after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines a majority of schools have reopened in typhoon-damaged areas but many students are forced to take classes in shifts due to a lack of fully-functional classrooms.
As schools and communities in the Philippines continue to rebuild following Typhoon Haiyan, ChildFund remains on the ground meeting people’s basic needs while ensuring the protection of children and families.
ChildFund was the first organization to establish Child-Centered Spaces after the typhoon. At the centers trained professionals provide psychosocial support to children through structured play activities to help them overcome the trauma of the typhoon’s destruction, the loss of loved ones and homes, and the stress of living in evacuation centers.
More than 6,000 people died and nearly 1,800 people remain missing as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. More than 1.1 million homes were damaged.
ChildFund, which has been in the Philippines since 1954 and whose contributions to the relief efforts have been recognized by the government, is providing support in the provinces of Capiz, Northern Cebu and Leyte, including hard hit Tacloban. “The typhoon will have a long-term effect on Philippines communities, especially children,” said Katherine Manik, country director for ChildFund Philippines. “Without classrooms that are fully operational, the Child-Centered Spaces provide a safe place for children. They are particularly important since many schools are not completely operational due to damaged infrastructure.” ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard will visit affected communities Feb. 10-11 to assess damage and see how ChildFund is rebuilding people’s lives.
ChildFund is committed to rebuilding lives in impacted communities and raising funds to help the people of the Philippines get back on their feet. Beyond the urgent aid ChildFund is providing now, there continues to be a great need for livelihood restoration, shelter, child protection and maternal and child health care.
For more information and to help, please visit http://www.childfund.org/emergency.
Because so many farmers lost their crops and family income when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last November, Catholic Relief Services is working with farmers to help them start over again, sometimes planting new varieties of crops. From Catholic News Service, posted on the Catholic Courier:
TANAUAN, Philippines (CNS) — Typhoon Haiyan left little that Donabel Castillon could recognize of the land she farms with her family. The coconut trees were tall matchsticks with few, if any, branches left. Her small vegetable and rice fields were flooded out and the crops were ripped away….
Three months later, Castillon was refocusing her small farming operation near Tanauan in eastern Leyte to grow watermelons, squash and beans in a cooperative effort with nearby farmers. The project will help put plenty of food on the table and provide extra produce to take to market and provide her family with much-needed financial income.
Under a program developed by Catholic Relief Services to protect the farm livelihoods of people severely affected by Haiyan, Castillon is planning to expand the amount of vegetables she grows for at least several years.
“What we lost from coconut farming is huge,” Castillon said through a translator. “The vegetable project of CRS will help us in the short term.”