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2 Years since Typhoon Haiyan: Communities Rebuilt with World Vision


For many people of central Philippines who survived the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan, 8 November will always be a date to remember. While it brings memories of grief and despair, it also galvanises the Filipino’s undying hope, strength and will to bounce back whatever the challenges are. It is this resilience that inspires World Vision to continue to stand with survivors as they build back their lives in the face of the challenges that remain, two years after Haiyan.

Kevin Chiu, CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, says, ''Two years on, data tells us that people in the rural areas are bouncing back, but the urban poor have not recovered quite as well.'' The hardest-hit areas in Tacloban are still struggling to meet important needs like shelter and livelihood.

All throughout the response, World Vision has reached over 1.6 million beneficiaries. Among them, 66,260 people received shelter assistance, such as distribution of shelter materials and tools, training, and construction of houses. Apart from shelter support, families also receive assistance with livelihood, health, education and other key needs identified. Cash-for-work programmes have involved and supported 100,055 people and 91,115 have benefited from livelihood projects that include livestock distribution, skills training, business start-up toolkits and working with community savings groups.

Two years after Haiyan, World Vision remains committed to the rehabilitation of Haiyan-affected communities. Kevin Chiu explains, ''As we look into the final year of this response, our aim is to continue helping those who need it.''

World Vision is one of the 13 remaining organisations in Haiyan-affected areas who continues to help survivors to move from tragedy to resilience.

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