A large part of the help we have sent has been used on the island of Samar where most towns and villages were destroyed and people’s livelihoods lost. The death toll on Samar was also very high.
Bottled water, rice, tins of fish, packets of noodles and water filter units were distributed wherever survivors were found who had yet to receive any kind of help.
Now that the Philippine government (with assistance from some of the world’s big aid organisations) have established a steady food supply and better distribution systems, this once urgent need is not as prevalent now on many of the affected islands.
Our partners report that “From this week, we will be focusing on helping rebuild 150 damaged and/or lost homes in at least three villages. One such town is that of Marabut which is about 60 kilometers from Tacloban city, the capital of Leyte island. In Marabut alone, 31 people lost their lives.”
Efforts will be focussed on the clearing of properties and rebuilding houses. It will cost approximately £100.00 to provide sheets of iron and nails for one house. We also hope to provide kitchen supplies, mosquito nets, chain and skill saws for each village, water filters and school books for the local government school.
Even the very trees were destroyed in Marabut affecting people’s livelihoods The income from coconut provided 90% of the Marabut township’s income.
Thank you once again for helping make a difference in typhoon stricken central Philippines.
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