About Project Leyte
On Friday, November 8, 2013 one of the most dangerous typhoons on record hit the island of Leyte – and neighboring islands – in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Dubbed a super typhoon, Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) was responsible for 6,300 confirmed deaths, with an additional 1,598 missing and 18,175 injured*, damaged or destroyed homes numbering in the 100,000s, paralyzed local governments and economies, and crippled transportation, power and telecommunications systems throughout the region. Within a week the AHV assessment team arrived in Ormoc, Leyte, to survey the damage, reach out to partner organizations and local communities, and determine how and where All Hands’ response could best meet the greatest need.
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Typhoon Haiyan, we are still on the island of Leyte working closely with the local communities, aiding in their recovery. After months of deconstruction, we have shifted our focus towards long term recovery, concentrating on temporary and permanent homes. Since April we have collaborated with organizations, such as IOM, Operation Blessing, CRS, Samaritans Purse, and Gawad Kalinga (GK) and have helped with the construction of 146 transitional shelters providing homes for over 1,000 people. We’ve also worked in partnership with The San Miguel foundation to rebuild a school in the area of Tabango, enabling 295 children return to a safe learning environment.
The magnitude of this disaster cannot be overstated, and the need for volunteer-powered assistance and financial support is great. Join us in helping the Philippines recover! Find out how you can get involved below.
*Numbers reflect latest reports.
We have made great strides in the past year, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We have volunteer opportunities though January 30, 2015. To apply, CLICK HERE. You can also email us at PhilippinesResponse@hands.org.
Your gift of any amount provides immediate aid to struggling families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. With the ongoing support of our passionate volunteers, we will help rebuild a country once again ravaged by natural disaster. Please give today and thank you for your generous support of All Hands Volunteers.
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