The goal of the recovery assistance is to aid The Philippine Red Cross in re-building the lives of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan by constructing safe and disaster resilient communities, providing livelihood opportunities and resources to cushion the blow of future catastrohphes and to ensure that environmental risks are minimised. Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit The Phillippenes, affecting 14.6 million people and damaging 1.1 million houses. Immediately after the Netherlands Red Cross was part of the relief operation, specifcially foccusing on the muncipalities of Isabel and Merida, which were directly in the path of the typhoon and suffered tremendous devastation. The project aids 20 Barangays in the muncipalities of Isabel and Merida in Leyte provice.
The recovery plan will support the affected people in their own recovery efforts by adopting participatory approaches. The people are actively involved as they are taught how to rebuild their community in a resilient way, so that they can withstand any future typhoons or earthquakes. Other people are actively involved in improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices and facilities in their own homes and selected community structures. Additionally the capacity of the Philippine Red cross is enhanced through training about disaster risk management, first aid and early warning and response mechanisms.
The project is implemented in 20 Barangays with a total population of 20,381. There is special attention for more vulnerable households, such as people with disabilities, orphans, child-headed households, and people living with HIV. The project will be implemented by the Philippine Red Cross, with technical and managerial support from the Netherlands Red Cross.