Posted by Yuko Okamura on Nov 8, 2013
Related program: Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
Super Typhoon Haiyan is currently making landfall in regions in the Philippines.
Eighteen million people live in the worst affected regions, and some of the affected areas include those that are still reeling from the impact of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on 15 October 2013. Telecommunication and electricity remain interrupted. Air and seaports are closed. Access to the affected area is limited due to damaged roads and fallen trees. (source: OCHA)
With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, we are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, we are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.
“We are currently in touch with local architects and partners within our network, who are helping us to identify the most critical rebuilding needs - both in the short and long term. As we identify these needs, we will work with communities to build back better. Early support will allow us to begin working with communities immediately and empower local architects to drive recovery locally,” - Eric Cesal, Director, Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio.
We need your support
Your donation will help support the typhoon-affected region and aid Architecture for Humanity programs throughout the world.
How 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.
- 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: email@example.com.