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Super-typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims

Assistance of HELP for Peace in emergency and transitional aid

The super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan is one of the deadliest cyclones ever; on November 8, 2013 more than 6300 people died in the Philippines alone. The Peace Agents Foundation supported its partner HELP for Peace in its emergency and transitional aid operations through management and administrative assistance.

Background:
‘First, Do no harm’, the guiding principle for physicians is also the guiding principle of HELP for Peace. We see that there is really a need to replace especially those damaged boats of the fishermen to sustain the needs of their family but we have to consider the effects that it may have to the environment. We have to produced it with as little carbon footprint as possible in order not to inflict further damaged to our environment. And also, the way of providing it should also be in a sustainable way.

For Whom:
This project is basically intended for the survivors of Super typhoon Yolanda for a more sustainable way of coping up with the disaster.

What:
The Philippines was hit by the most powerful cyclone of the year on November 8, 2013. Super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan as it is known internationally, charged through most of the Visayas, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
As various aid from both local and international sources began flowing, HELP for Peace together with PAF noticed that some people who also are victims of Yolanda had not received any help that they badly needed. The collaboration between Help for Peace and Peace Agents Foundation resulted in Comprehensive efforts in reaching those unreached communities and in serving those unserved victims. Help for Peace had been doing its share in providing providing emergency aid by conducting medical check-ups and doing relief goods operations and transitional aid by boat-building as well as modular house building while PAF was doing the facilitations and other supporting activities for the benefit of these communities as well as the victims.

Why:
Various support had been flowing for the victims of the Super Typhoon in terms of food, clothing, shelter, as well as livelihoods for their income. Lots of trees had fallen during the typhoon and even more had been cut to rebuild the homes and the boats of the victims. Most of the houses were re-constructed on the very same spot as before. Good information dessimination maybe very important in this stage of rising again. People should be given a chance to build their homes on a safer environment. They should be educated about the hazards that a substandard building materials may pose on their safety, and the effect of the choices that they make in chosing the particular materials to use with regards to the environment as a whole. They should not only consider the present in doing these decisions but more importantly they should look at the effects of their decisions to the future generations.

 

How:
Hundreds of boats had already been distributed to the victims. Some of the boats were made using the traditional way of boat-building while others were made using fiberglass materials. Though these intentions of helping were noble, Help for Peace with Peace Agents Foundation, see it as a one-time deal and is not sustainable. Our assessments of the areas only tell us of the indiscriminate cutting of trees for use in the keel of boats. And the reality was, some boats were just parked in front of the houses of the beneficiaries because they had no money to purchase their fishing equipment so they just continue with their previous jobs as fishermen of the wealthy businessmen in the area. And the effect to our environment was likewise devastating. Because of this, Hfp with PAF were promoting the Veetab boat which is an alternative to the Keel system - which is unsustainable and sometimes illegally sourced. The Veetab boat-making only use the combination of S4S lumber and marine plywood as alternative to keel. Therefore, sustainable, legally sourced, and leaves as little carbon footprint as possible. Further, these boats will be provided to the beneficiaries with the intention of producing even more boats meaning part of the income of the fishermen goes back to the organization and gradually accumulates to purchase additional set of materials to produce another boat to be given to other beneficiaries and so on. The same procedure will be followed on the distribution of the modular houses. These houses will be built using sturdy frames of angular bars and an eco-friendly plywood which is very durable and is not detrimental to our health.

Where:
HELP for Peace is located at Lot 1 Block 1 Emerald Extension, City Heights Subdivision, Bacolod City 6100, Philippines.

When:
Boat-making and modular house building are currently ongoing in HELP for Peace compound.

Further information:
For more detailed information, please visit the website of our partner organization www.HELPforPeace.org

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