Active Since: 2013
IEDA Relief initially sent a team to the Philippines in December 2013 to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda. The typhoon, which struck on November 8th, 2013, was the strongest typhoon in recorded history and cut a swath of destruction across the central part of the Philippines. It led to grave loss of life and massive damage to property around the coastal towns of Eastern and Western Samar and Leyte, in particular the city of Tacloban. An estimated 12.2 million people (2.6 million families) were reportedly affected by the disaster, and the total damage and losses was initially valued at PHP 571.1 billion (US $12.9 billion).
Although much of the damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda has been repaired since 2013, many people are still recovering from the effects. Approximately 25,000 people are still residing in temporary “housing” in transitional sites, tents, and evacuation centers, and about 95,000 households live in dwellings built haphazardly with unstable materials that increase their vulnerability during future disasters. IEDA Relief’s programs are thus focused on long-term recovery and resiliency programs for areas and populations affected by the typhoon.
IEDA Relief worked in coordination with the Philippine National Police to monitor and report on protection issues, such as trafficking and issues of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), in various evacuation centers. As part of its involvement in the Protection Needs Assessment and Monitoring Initiative (PNAMI), IEDA Relief conducted protection monitoring and assessment activities in 33 barangays located in 11 municipalities, in which one result included the investigation of a potential trafficking case.
IEDA Relief conducted a Psychological First Aid (PFA) program, providing counseling to over 240 women in a women-friendly space after which they are given a free haircut, manicure and pedicure courtesy of the UNFPA. In addition, through a sports and organized play therapy program, IEDA Relief providing psychological support to over 300 children and equipped more than 130 young seminarians and an additional 42 teachers, coaches, and sports trainers with the skills to use sports as a method for psychological relief. In 2014, IEDA Relief also provided materials for a bathing and cooking area at the People Center evacuation camp, serving over 200 IDP households until they were transferred to temporary shelters.
IEDA Relief plays a major role in implementing the Livelihood Skills Enhancement and Empowerment program, working with the DSWD to provide a livelihood starter kit, skills trainings and social preparation under a food for training scheme. IEDA Relief has provided social preparation training components of this program in 7 transitional shelter sites in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte and has prepared 2,784 individuals for the program and organized 17 community-based livelihood associations with a total membership of 726 individuals. IEDA Relief continues to support 1,010 heads of households enrolled in 25 training courses. In addition to helping to prepare program beneficiaries, IEDA Relief has also assisted beneficiaries in preparing the necessary documents and other requirements for microfinance loans.
In 2014, IEDA Relief served 5439 internally displaced persons (IDPs) by managing primary evacuation centers and monitoring and assisting those with mental/psychological conditions and other special needs.
IEDA Relief works in coordination with a number of humanitarian, government and UN partners to support people who were affected by the typhoon in 2013, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) .
Survivors reflect on their lives two years after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Read more here.