Update on typhoon in the Philippines

Date: 26 February 2014

YMCA provided food for the needy. As an immediate emergency response over 2000 housholds were provided with food.

After the typhoon in the Philippines – YMCA contributions help rebuilding the affected areas.

The world’s strongest and most devastating storm, super typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving over 6 million people displaced from their homes and sources of livelihood.

Since then, a tremendous amount of work has been done by volunteers and professionals on the Philippines and all around the world to help. As an immediate emergency response to the typhoon-disaster, the YMCA of the Philippines and the local YMCAs in the affected areas of Ormoc, Leyte, Northern Cebu and Iloilo provided food, water and temporary shelters for the affected families. In this first phase (relief response phase) right after the Typhoon, the YMCA provided a total of 2.000 households in Ormoc City and in Concepcion, Iloilo with food (rice, water, canned goods) and mats. Also they provided food sustenance and shelter to 200 evacuees from Tacloban in Cebu YMCA for 1 month.

When hearing of the devastation in the Philippines, the world-wide YMCA family immediately took action, stood up in solidarity and fundraised money to help the people in need. The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCA (APAY) has until now received a total contribution of US$ 63,112 from YMCAs all over the world, Y Service Clubs International and individual members of the YMCA.

The YMCA of the Philippines continues to provide support to two affected areas: The small island of Tambaliza, Concepcion, Iloilo and the YMCA village of Ormoc, Leyte. Here is where the YMCA’s second phase for recovery and rehabilitation efforts is taking action since January 2014. As of this writing, social preparation and training are on-going, including profiling of prospective recipient families, organizational development and groupings for different interest livelihood groups. This included recruitment, hiring and training led by National General Secretary of YMCA of the Philippines Pablito Tabucol and National Disaster Program Coordinator Ianne Christine J. Aquino. In this process, the YMCA is working closely with local governments and the local communities. In a community assembly, the YMCA informed 545 attendees about their work in the area. By the 2nd week of February, a target of 350 project beneficiaries has been profiled and screened. Moreover the local school is being rebuild and refurnished in cooperation with another organization. The total program budget for recovery and rehabilitation including the relief responses conducted amounts to US$ 125,792.82 including phase 1 (relief response), and phase 2 for recovery and rehabilitation response plans.

On a related response plan, the APAY will organize an International Youth Work Camp on May 12-18, to help rebuild school library facilities for elementary and high schools and support other community tasks towards recovery and rehabilitation.

A phase 3 response plan is being considered after a partial or full implementation of phase 2 has been achieved. This to ensure that all contributions and support received will be used to reach more numbers of needy and severely affected individual and families.

The YMCA APAY and the YMCA of the Philippines thanks all YMCA supporters for their continued solidarity, prayers and material support!