The project has 2 targets. In Manila, the goal is to contribute to public health resiliency by assisting the urban poor, children in particular to maintain their health and improve their access to safe water and basic sanitation. In Leyte it aims to assist the Philippines Red Cross in re-building the lives of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan by constructing safe and resilient communities. In Manila the urban poor often live and work in the most overcrowded and polluted areas. They face inadequate access to clean water and sanitation services, compromising their health. Poor water quality and lack of sanitation leads to water related diseases such as diarrhoea. In Leyte, Typhoon Haiyan affected 16 million people and damaged more than 1.1 million houses. Immediately after, Netherlands Red Cross had a relief operation, but now in Isabel and Merida it is estimated that 30% of the households still do not have access to safe water. The project in Manila will take place in the poorer urban areas , and the recovery assistance will take place in Leyte, specifically targeting 20 barangays in the municipalities of Isabel and Merida.
In Manila the course of action involves increasing the use of community and household water and sanitation facilities. Additionally, we hope to improve home-based care for diarrhoea and prevention of dehydration, also increasing the ability to anticipate and respond to water related diseases. In Leyte, recovery assistance will support the families to rebuild their lives by improving their shelters and installing water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Additionally we aid to enhance the capacity of the Philippine Red Cross to respond to future disasters.
In Manila, the project will reach 30,000 people living in the poorer areas, almost half of those beneficiaries are children under the age of 15. The Recovery assistance will target families affected by the Typhoon. It will be implemented by the Philippine Red Cross working in cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross and the Dutch Young Expert (YEP)