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Jan 4, 2014 - Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief
PBV distributing construction materials and providing kitchen starter kits to affected households on Biliran Island, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) devastated the Philippines when it made landfall in early November, taking over 5,700 lives as it ripped through the middle of the country. We would like to express our heartfelt solidarity and support with all of those affected by this disaster across the Philippines.

Over 1,700 people are still missing as the Government of the Philippines, the United Nations and a range of NGOs work to provide relief for affected communities through the distribution of food, medical supplies and other emergency goods. Despite these efforts, the scale of the damage is so vast that many areas are still not receiving adequate assistance, leaving tens of thousands of survivors in need.

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) dispatched an advanced team to the Philippines on November 15th, where they assessed the Manila, Cebu and Leyte Island areas and established contact with a number of partner organisations. PBV's representatives also assisted survivors through the provision of meals and healthcare/hygiene supplies, such as wheelchairs, to help evacuees in emergency shelters.

Going forward, PBV will be dispatching a number of staff and volunteers to bolster our relief efforts on the ground. The focus of our project will be Biliran Island, just north of Leyte Island, which has been largely neglected by governmental bodies and international aid agencies.

Residents of Biliran have been very resourceful in repairing their homes, using materials such as tarps and coconut leaves, leaving homes vulnerable to severe weather conditions. Many residents are still lacking in basic resources needed to rebuild their lives. There are many stages of recovery and much of it depends on having appropriate materials and space to rebuild. Therefore, we are planning to first deliver construction materials to families whose homes were completely destroyed or heavily damaged before distributing kitchen starter kits (including pots, pans and kitchen utensils) to approximately 600 affected households with the most urgent needs on the island. This project is being conducted in partnership with international humanitarian aid NGO Church World Service (CWS) and local NGO Pampanga Disaster Response Network (PDRN).

Biliran Island, located in between Leyte Island and Samar Island, was formerly a part of Leyte Island but was declared an independent Province in 1992. The island, with a population of over 140,000, has not been included in the international aid agency cluster meetings as a target area for assistance, leaving tens of thousands of survivors in extremely severe conditions with little help. An astounding 70% of homes on the island (over 110, 000) sustained damage and over 1,200 homes were totally destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Please help us provide support to families on Biliran Island by clicking on the links below and making a donation:

- In Japanese (Bank transfer or Credit Card) from here: http://pbv.or.jp/donate/2013_philippines.html (Japanese)
- In English (securely online via PayPal/Credit Card) from here: http://www.peaceboat-us.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/#haiyan

We truly appreciate your continued support and cooperation..

Please follow the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre website for more updates on this issue.


(Image courtesy of PBV)
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