Rebuilding of homes, livelihoods ahead
November 14, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines — Families in CFCA projects impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan are safe but will need help as they rebuild their homes and livelihoods.
Three towns where CFCA works in the Aklan province saw severe damage to housing and crops. Aklan is located in the heavily impacted Visayas region.
A CFCA staffer crosses a flooded area using bamboo walkways.
In Makato, a town in the Aklan province, the houses of 44 families were destroyed while 143 were damaged.
Families are staying in an evacuation center or with neighbors or relatives. They are eating bananas, coconuts and vegetables from trees and crops damaged in the storm.
"The question in mind now,” said Risa Verena, Manila project coordinator, “is where they can get their survival after, since all the crops that were damaged will take long to recover and bear fruits again.
"Even the nipa, palm and bamboo, which are the common source of housing materials of our humble families in Aklan, were all destroyed."
Despite uncertainty about their future, the families remain hopeful.
"The sponsored [friends] and families there are still very happy and grateful to our Lord that their families are still complete, and they did not experience what the Tacloban people experienced," Verena said, referring to devastation in the coastal city of Tacloban, where it is estimated 10,000 people died.
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall last Friday. The hard hit city of Tacloban is about 350 miles southeast of Manila.
CFCA families in the coastal town of Tangalan, in the Aklan province, depend on fishing for their livelihood, and fishing nets and other equipment were destroyed in the storm. The houses of 18 families were destroyed and 170 were damaged.
In the town of Madalag, 85 houses were destroyed and 109 were damaged.
This Filipino man braves the flood to get water from a pump.
Homes and livelihoods of families in the Iloilo province, served by the Antipolo project, were affected, said Malou Navio, project coordinator. One community, Matambog, was still not accessible because roads were blocked and communication lines were down.
More than 200 families in other areas of the Antipolo project saw their homes flooded. Typhoon Haiyan and a subsequent storm, Zoraida, added a foot of water in communities already struggling with flooding from previous storms.
Families in the Legazpi project, located in the Bicol region, which is north of the most heavily affected areas, are safe following the storm but will need help with rebuilding.
CFCA provides assistance for families affected by natural disasters through the Disaster Assistance Fund. CFCA projects help with short-term needs such as food, water and shelter, and assist families in their recovery over the long term.
Families and staff members in the Philippines are grateful for the concern shown by sponsors and the entire CFCA community.
"We especially thank you for your love and prayers for all our fellow Filipinos all over the Visayas region," Verena said. "Please also extend our heartfelt thanks to our beloved sponsors, who have been so caring and praying for our sponsored families."