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NDRF members are already working with partners on the ground in the response efforts to Typhoon Haiyan. The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their efforts in the response: ADRA, Caritas, cbm, Childfund, CWS, Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam, Rotary New Zealand, Salvation Army, Save the Children, SurfAid, TEAR Fund, UNICEF, World Vision, WSPA. Please click on their links to support or find out more about their appeals.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IT IS BETTER TO SEND CASH RATHER THAN GOODS TO HELP ALLEVIATE SUFFERING
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The following contains a map of the Philippines showing where New Zealand NGO's are working. Use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out, and click on the markers to get more information about what organisations are working in that area.
ADRA – ADRA’s emergency management team is currently focusing on Northern Cebu, Bohol and Iloilo, where aid workers are working with local authorities and other agencies to assess needs and respond accordingly. Currently, ADRA is preparing to distribute shelter, food and clean water to affected families.
Caritas – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is responding through NASSA (Caritas Philippines) with assessment teams working in Samar, Bohol and Northern Cebu. They are providing emergency relief including food, water, clothing and shelter and will continue to support long-term recovery.
cbm – cbm's rapid assessment team has visited Conception in Iloilo province and is looking at working with Partners to meet immediate needs, support those with pre-existing disabilities and those who have a disability caused by the typhoon. Assessment in Taclaban in Leyte will follow in coming weeks along with longer term rehabilitation plans for those with disabilities
ChildFund – Child Fund is focusing on child protection (safe spaces for children) and direct response (emergency kits, food, water and shelter). In partnership with the Government, local partners, and other NGOs, emergency response teams have readied supplies and made arrangements with local suppliers for distribution.
CWS - CWS has launched an appeal to aid response and is working with local partner organisations to find out what they need most. Their partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and other members of the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance have begun on the ground assessments in Leyte, Panay and Samar, and are preparing to launch major relief efforts.
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity Philippines has the capacity to respond with an initial 30,000 shelter kits for home repairs and 50,000 clean up kits for families. Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to raise funds to support their local counterpart assist families rebuild and gain access to shelter.
Oxfam – Oxfam has dispatched a team of experts on the ground to assess urgent needs in Bohol, Northern Cebu, Northern and Eastern Samar and Leyte. They have gone to appeal to help raise funds for the provision of clean water, emergency health kits and shelter.
Rotary New Zealand – Rotary NZ is in contact with its partners in affected areas and has launched a public appeal to raise funds for their disaster response.
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services office has been mobilised and Salvation Army territories around the world are rallying to provide funds for the initial response and long term-recovery efforts. Financial support from New Zealand will allow The Salvation Army in the Philippines to purchase food, water and bedding for distribution to the worst hit areas.
Save the Children – Save the Children’s immediate focus is on saving lives, supporting children and their families. Additionally, they have a long-term focus on the impact of disaster on the education opportunities of children. A response team has been dispatched and prepositioned relief kits, which include toiletries, blankets, temporary school tents and education materials, are aiding Save the Children’s response.
TEAR Fund – Focusing on Northern and Eastern Samar, TEAR Fund in partnership with local NGOs has provided rapid response to the disaster through the provision of emergency supplies like food, water, medical care and short term housing.
UNICEF – With a focus on children, UNICEF is rapidly distributing prepositioned supplies including health kits, food, water purification tablets and tarpaulins, with distribution prioritised for the Tacloban area as soon as access in possible. Additional resources are arriving from Copenhagen and NZ support staff have been dispatched to boost relief efforts.
World Vision – World Vision has 450 staff on the ground and is working with local partners to deliver emergency aid to 400,000 people in urgent need. Supporting the safety of children in the aftermath of disaster is a priority with more than 35,000 sponsored children affected by the typhoon. The Philippines World Vision office has committed to carrying out its largest ever emergency response.
WSPA - WSPA's Disaster Assessment Response Team has deployed to the Philippines to carry out a rapid assessment and coordinate an animal welfare response. Their first aim is to provide basic aid to the animals most urgently in need.
06/12/2013: The Overseas Development institute has released a new podcast which discusses current relief efforts in the Philippines. Click here to listen, (9mins approx).
27/11/2013: The United Nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs has recently updated their funding snapshot (which can be found here) showing where funds are currently being spent. They have also published a new infographic detailing the effects of the typhoon with over 14 million people affected by the crisis and over 5000 confirmed deaths.
25/11/2013: In this short clip from Radio New Zealand, Robert Patton (from ADRA) who is helping to coordinate relief efforts in the Philippines says that more than two weeks after the country was struck by a massive typhoon, some areas have still not received any aid. Listen to it below.
09/12/13: Death toll surpasses 5719. Time
20/11/13: 3 News has recently released a segment on '3rd Degree' entitled Typhoon Haiyan: A hope in hell, which includes an interview with World Vision CEO Chris Clark. Check it out here.
20/11/13: New Zealand's Hercules crew was recently sent to the Philippines to help organise the distribution of food, water and emergency shelter-supplies pouring into the city of Cebu.Radio New Zealand speak with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand's Mark Mitchell about the problems with distributing aid in the Philippines. Check it out here.
16/11/13: UNOCHA has released a 'quick facts' infographic showing the latest damage assessments as well as where current relief efforts are being focused. Check it out here.
15/11/13: Aid agencies are reminding the public not to send goods unless explicitly asked. Cash donations have a far greater impact, for more click here.
14/11/13: ABC posts before and after images showing the damage and total destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Check it out here.
13/11/13: According to the New Zealand Herald, local communities are banding together in support for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To read more, click here.
13/11/13: In this interview on TVNZ's Breakfast show TEAR Fund's CEO Ian McInnes talks about the massive recovery effort in the Philippines. To watch the clip, click here.
13/11/13: Dr. Wren Green, the Director of the Council for International Development went on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report to discuss developments in the Philippines. Check out the recording below where he discusses New Zealand's NGO response to the disaster and reminds donors that "cash is king" when considering giving to relief efforts. Listen here.
12/11/13: Christian World Service has made a call for appeals. View the appeal here.
For a city that has suffered so much, one of the most striking things amid the devastation in Tacloban is just how many people greet you with a smile.
One month after Typhoon Haiyan blasted through the Philippines and flattened this city, its residents have much to complain about.
But Filipinos, it seems, are not ones for whinging.
"We have to keep smiling. It gives us positive vibes," 21-year-old Zyrene Tomada tells me as she sits amid the wreckage of what's left of her home.
Three members of Zyrene's family were killed in the typhoon, but with her one-year old son Clyde sleeping peacefully beside her, she is trying to look forward not back.
"We're very lucky God has given us a second chance to live. That's a good gift for this coming Christmas," she smiles even as she struggles to hold back the tears.
And life is slowly being breathed back into this city.
There is a massive foreign aid operation underway here.
But much of the work is being done by the people themselves.
Everywhere you go young and old can be seen shovelling and sweeping through the endless piles of debris.
Thousands have signed up for what are called "cash for work" programmes where aid agencies pay people a few dollars a day to join the clean up.
"Cash for work" programmes clean up the city and give people some income
"One of the critical issues is putting money in peoples pockets," says Patrick Fuller from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
He says close to five million people in the Philippines have lost their livelihoods.
"They've got no place to go to work. They've got no form of income. So we're shifting from giving people food aid to giving people cash enabling them to spend money on what they need."
Back to business
And the impact is beginning to be seen at the city's main market.
In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon shops and warehouses were being ransacked with people desperate to get hold of any food they could.
A month on, there's legitimate trade going on and the market stalls are busy even though locals say prices are twice as high as before the typhoon.
Tacloban is slowly getting back to business.
"It's hard work," says Aiza Chavero who has a small stand selling chickens.
She says she now has to travel long distances to import the goods from other towns and cities but like many here she's resilient.
"You can survive this through prayers. You can fight for your business. For your work. Just to survive," she says.
Aiza says the small amount of money she earns means she can buy medicines for her sick father and not be so dependent on food aid.
'We can stand alone. We can stand for ourselves."
But in truth, most people in Tacloban are going to need help for a very long time.
There have been some successes. Aid agencies are happy that so far a major outbreak of disease has been avoided.
But the biggest issue remains shelter.
The United Nations estimates more than a million homes were damaged or destroyed across the Philippines.
More than three million people have been displaced.
The scale of the destruction means rebuilding is going to take years not months.
And while Tacloban has been the focus for the relief operation, aid agencies say there are many more remote areas where people are still struggling to get the help they need.
And all the while the death toll is still rising.
On a hillside outside Tacloban a mass grave, one of several, lies open and uncovered.
The corpses, a hundred or so, have been festering for weeks. The stench is overwhelming.
And one month after Typhoon Haiyan, there are still over 1,500 people missing
Every day more bodies are being recovered from under the wreckage.