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 3,976 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 the week the AHV assessment team, lead by disaster response veteran and former Director of International Response Marc Young, was en route to the Ormoc City area of the Haiyan (Yolanda) affected areas, 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 enter 7 months of Philippines’ recovery with Project Leyte, a major need for shelter still exists. In the month of April, we began a partnership with Operation Blessing to build 60 transitional shelters for the residents of Tacloban City. These transitional homes act as temporary shelters for families that will eventually move to more permanent homes at a different site. Laurence Wood, our program manager, has successfully completed the homes in only two months. Moving forward, we are now tasked to building 160 homes in partnership with IOM and Operation Blessing and with typhoon season approaching, the rush for the completion of these homes are adamant.

Before shifting into the long-term recovery, majority of the work done for our beneficiaries have been in deconstruction. In the municipalities of Ormoc and Kananga, we successfully deconstructed 296 structures ranging from homes and hospitals to schools. In Tacloban, 46 homes were safely deconstructed and most of them were located close to the seawall where damage was massive and widespread.

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.

Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and especially to those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy.

*Numbers reflect latest reports.


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Location: Leyte – Philippines
Disaster Type: Super Typhoon
Disaster Date: November 8, 2013
Project Start: December 2, 2013
Project Director: Owen Swann

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