Leyte Typhoon Response

On November 8, 2013, one of the most dangerous typhoons on record hit the island of Leyte – and neighboring islands – in the eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Dubbed a super typhoon, Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) damaged or destroyed homes numbering in the 100,000s.

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What: Project Leyte

Where: Ormoc and Tacloban, Leyte Island, Philippines

When: December 2, 2013 – June 1, 2014

Why: Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), November 8, 2014

How: Our initial efforts focused on debris removal and deconstruction of damaged structures, the distribution of food and other non-food related items, clearing trees and working in schools, chapels, hospitals and even a morgue.

Two months later, in early February, we expanded our project into the municipality of Kananga where we partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) on debris clearance/management and repairs for the district’s sole hospital. Prior to our involvement, patients were being treated in a temporary tent outside of the hospital. We also continued deconstruction work in Kananga and have safely leveled damaged classrooms in 35 schools.

We also worked in Nueva Vista, an isolated barangay in the mountains of Ormoc. We partnered with Ormoc’s Vice Mayor, Sir Leo “Toto” Locsin, to roof a two-classroom school building at an elementary school. A group of 8 to 10 volunteers at a time lived on the school grounds for this satellite project and completed the roof in 2 ½ weeks.

Project Director: Loc Hoang, Megan Scott

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Nov, 28, 2013

A few days after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, we were able to activate our assessment team to survey the damage and reach out to the communities to identify the needs of survivors.   The destruction is far and wide. The strong winds have torn apart houses and uprooted almost all the trees, leaving...

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Nov, 22, 2013

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“I have seen thousands of homes today and you can count on one hand the amount that are NOT damaged, the queues for gasoline are unbelievable and they need material so they can start rebuilding but there are no building materials available.” – Marc Young All Hands Volunteers has on ongoing project in Bohol in response to...

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