Ready for the Future
Since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year, World Vision has helped families and communities increase their resilience to disasters.
The Philippines is the third-most disaster-prone country in the world. Rising sea levels and extreme storms threaten many miles of low-lying shoreline on the island nation.
Safer housing, financial security through savings groups, and improvements in agriculture, livestock management, and fisheries are strengthening many families’ ability to weather periodic hazards.
The rehabilitation phase of World Vision’s typhoon response, now under way, is strongly focused on reducing the risk of disasters, especially among the most vulnerable children. Local government and community groups are collaborating with World Vision to establish evacuation centers, early warning systems, disaster preparedness plans, and storehouses of pre-positioned aid supplies.
Andrew Rosauer, World Vision’s response director in the Philippines, says: “We have built back better, but there are still many challenges ahead as we work with communities to restore livelihoods and increase resilience to prepare for the next disaster.”
Photo ©2014 Mark Nonkes / World Vision
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