One year after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on record, devastated the Philippines, Filipinos are on the road to recovery and rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.
Over the past year, Concern Worldwide has been working to help the poorest, most vulnerable, and hardest-to-reach communities living in along the coastlines and on small islands in the western Visayas region. In partnership with local and provincial governments, all our work has been implemented with the future in mind. Our programs are built around the needs of the community as they have expressed to us, and the gains they are making will be sustained long after our work is done.
Recovery in the Philippines
Filipinos living in the municipality of Concepcion, located in the western Visayas region, talk about how their lives have changed a year after Typhoon Haiyan.
Restoring Fishermen’s livelihoods
The boats of many small-scale fishermen, among the poorest people in the rural areas of the Philippines, were either damaged or destroyed by the typhoon. Concern’s recovery work focused on repairing and replacing boats to enable them to make a living again.
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Rehabilitating Mangroves and Coral Reefs
The combination of marine ecosystem destruction and illegal fishing practices has contributed to a historic decline of fish stocks in Visayan waters. The added damage cause by Typhoon Haiyan is projected to have a long-term negative impact if nothing is done to restore habitats. Concern is working to support the rehabilitation of damaged mangroves and coral reefs. The restoration of these ecosystems will revive marine life and support the livelihoods of coastal communities.
Rebuilding Schools in Concepcion
Over 90 percent of schools in Concepcion were completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. Children also missed three or more months of school and today most are still learning under makeshift tents and shelters. Concern is working to get children back into safe classrooms in some of the most vulnerable island communities.
Island to Island Water Piping
On the islands off the coast of Concepcion, even prior to Typhoon Haiyan, sourcing fresh water was already a serious problem for communities. With almost all infrastructure destroyed by the typhoon, Concern built water pipelines under the sea bed to connect the islands to vital clean water sources.