Super Typhoon Haiyan Response Update
Six days since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit ground, new numbers on the amount of damage are still emerging and we are just beginning to understand the true destruction the typhoon left behind. According to the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, 11.5 million people were affected (as of November 13), and while some regions still remain unreachable, it is known that at least 106,405 families (502,077 individuals) have been displaced. While over 500,000 houses are estimated to have been severely affected, 95,143 houses known to be entirely damaged, particularly in vulnerable and poor communities. We have been in close communication with our local architects and our Manila Chapter, as well partners within our network to assess the situation. At the moment, the affected areas are still in the 'relief phase' with survivors requiring immediate needs of food, water and shelter. Once this initial response needs have been met, long-term reconstruction will officially begin, but it is imperative to begin the planning process now.
Immediate donations are needed to assist with these assessment and planning efforts to rebuild in these communities. 100% of donations designated to support the Typhoon Haiyan response will go toward rebuilding efforts in the affected regions. Architecture for Humanity is committed to helping affected regions in the best way possible through addressing long-term reconstruction needs. Although we engage a disaster immediately following an event, we are not a relief agency and cannot provide immediate assistance to those in need. However, your immediate donations will allow us to identify the scale of our response. Through assessing our funds and the community's needs, we will identify how we can most effectively help the affected communities.
Manilla Chapter mobilizing We have been in close communication with our Manila chapter, who has been relaying information to us and has begun identifying ways in which to best be of aid. The chapter has just received permission to have full use of facilities at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to set up an office, where they will continue assessing needs and identifying ways to get involved. Learn more about Typhoon Haiyan The Philippine Government's updates can be viewed on their Typhoon Yolanda update site here. You can also check out the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) Typhoon Haiyan page to access the latest graphics, situation updates, links, and other relevant information. Here's an infographic that they have put together of quick facts.
Many ways you can help If you are a design or construction professional, your first instinct may be to try to get on the ground. But first, we also need other kinds of help because it takes a lot of non-design activity to support a holistic long-term reconstruction effort. Design and reconstruction activities will likely not start for another 3 to 6 months. What's critical in these early days is establishing partnerships, raising funds and building the will to respond. If you want to support the reconstruction effort, that's where we need your help most right now.
- Donate or help fundraise We are only able to sustain long-term reconstruction programs because thousands of people support the work by donating. Whatever you can give— whether it's $20, $50 or $100 contribution— can make a big difference. These small, early donations allow us to establish and develop projects that have real impact. Hosting a fundraiser would be an excellent way to make sure that our efforts are both successful and sustainable. There are two ways you can donate!
- Donate through our website to the Typhoon Haiyan Response
- Buy a "The Sun Will Rise" t-shirt from threadless tee, designed by Manila-based designer, Dan Elijah Fajardo. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to us to support those affected.
- Text your support by sending the word REBUILD to 85944 for $10 donation
- Get the word out The more people we reach, the greater our chances of hitting our funding target. Do you know someone who wants to get involved? Let us know. Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools.
- Volunteer your design services We typically assist volunteers to get involved and help rebuild after disaster. If you are a design and construction professional, and you'd like to volunteer, let us know. Please note: Timing is everything. We are not first responders, we are last responders. We ask that you sign-up to volunteer and we'll get back in touch within 3 to 6 months when the work of rebuilding begins. Depending on our fundraising progress and the needs on the ground, we will then be able to better direct your efforts to work alongside community partners.
- Get in touch Know of another way you can help? We'd love your help and support. To support the reconstruction effort, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(photo credit: Caritas/ CAFOD, November 2013 via Flickr)