Philippines: The challenge of ‘building back better’
7 Feb 2014
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed or damaged an estimated 1 million homes across the Eastern and Western Visayas Regions of the central Philippines. Three months on from the devastating storm, the most pressing needs in the affected areas are for durable shelter and the restoration of livelihoods....
Philippines: Fishing communities struggle after Typhoon Haiyan
4 Feb 2014
Danielo Delosindo’s boat – his family’s main source of income – was lost when Typhoon Haiyan crashed into his village of Concepcion on the eastern coast of Iloilo Province. In a matter of hours, his life was turned upside down.
“I have seen many, many typhoons...
Philippines: Earthquake-affected communities fear being forgotten
23 Jan 2014
Fareeda Corra once owned a modest shop and a house in the small fishing village of Sitto San Juan, in the Bohol region of the southern Philippines. “The earnings from my shop and my husband’s income from his fishing business allowed us to lead a happy and satisfied life,”...
CERF: Providing a lifeline for people in forgotten crises
17 Jan 2014
United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$95.5 million to sustain emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected, humanitarian crises.
This funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the first of its two-part annual...
Philippines: Zamboanga, a forgotten crisis in the shadow of Haiyan
3 Jan 2014
Today, four months on from an attack by rebels, more than 59,000 people are still displaced in Zamboanga City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. They are living in the 10 remaining evacuation centres scattered across the port city. They are living in overcrowded conditions and...