Philippines Disaster Relief - a year after Typhoon Haiyan
Last month marked the one year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the island nation of the Philippines. Recorded as one of the strongest typhoons in history, it killed over six thousand people and decimated whole towns, schools and homes across the region, destroying an estimated 80% of structures in its path.
Projects Abroad began working in Bogo City, Cebu Island at the beginning of 2013, and could not ignore the havoc and devastation that was left behind after Haiyan struck in November last year.
Our first volunteers arrived to assist with the clean-up and restoration work in January 2014. Targeting schools first, our volunteers spent their days with local builders and engineers assisting in rebuilding the walls of damaged classrooms, mixing cement, placing bricks, smoothing and painting walls and re-roofing buildings.
Education must continue
We started with rebuilding the schools because, in spite of the devastation, education and schooling had to continue, sometimes with dangerously broken walls and roofs. As more school structures were repaired or rebuilt, teaching and care volunteers started to arrive, assisting overwhelmed local teachers.
This project has attracted professional volunteers who were moved to assist people in the Philippines affected by the disaster. This list of professionals includes an electrician who assisted in re-connecting a school to the electricity supply in the town, as well as a child psychologist and child therapist, who spent time counselling the children.
The work will be continuing throughout 2015, and there is still much to be done, however, one year later we look back and can proudly thank the volunteers who selflessly gave up their time to join this work. In the past year we have rebuilt seven schools, one day care centre and repaired 22 school walls. Take a look at our Disaster Relief time-lapse video.