The American Red Cross today released a two-year report on its work in the Philippines and how donations have helped families recover and rebuild following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
The report can be found here.
More than one million homes were damaged or destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan—the strongest storm ever recorded in the Philippines—made landfall on November 8, 2013.
In the past two years, the American Red Cross has continued working with the Philippines Red Cross to provide assistance to those impacted. Because of American Red Cross support, 10,000 families are now living in safer shelter including more than 3,200 families who are living in brand new homes and more than 6,600 families who received cash, materials and technical support to reconstruct their house to better withstand future disasters.
The American Red Cross has ensured people have better access to water and sanitation, repairing or installing more than 100 hand pumps and communal toilets in 10 municipalities and providing more than 3,200 families with toilets. Before the storm, one in four families in the Philippines did not have a toilet. In addition, the American Red Cross have repaired schools and outfitted them with latrines and water pumps, so that kids have a safe place to study and families have a secure evacuation center during future storms.
More than 10,000 households have received cash grants to help them restart their businesses or create new income-generating opportunities.
In all, American Red Cross support will help more than 80,000 men, women and children live in better conditions following Haiyan.
The global Red Cross network reached 1.3 million people with emergency assistance and is supporting the recovery of more than 500,000 people in their recovery. During the first months after the storm struck, American Red Cross emergency relief specialists supported the global Red Cross response in distributing tarps, water cans, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, cash grants and other relief supplies to families.
“Typhoon Haiyan donations to the Red Cross have helped thousands of people rebuild their lives and rebuild their homes. They have helped people restart businesses, improve their access to water and sanitation, and be better prepared with safer housing. The generosity of American Red Cross donors has made a huge difference in the lives of thousands impacted by Haiyan,” said Harold Brooks, senior vice president, International Operations, American Red Cross.
As of September 30, 2015, the Red Cross has spent or committed to spend 98% of the more than $88 million donated to it for Typhoon Haiyan relief and recovery efforts.
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