Haiyan did not only destroy homes and community assets, it also decimated income sources of families. It disrupted value chains and income generation capacities of families in the grassroots level. Some 5.9 million people had their livelihoods ruined or disrupted.
World Vision has provided support for the production of crops, including distribution of agricultural inputs and tools. 91,115 people have benefited from alternative livelihoods, including livestock distributions, vocational training, business start-up toolkits and community savings groups (COMSCA).
In an evaluation survey in 2015, one-fifth of therespondents felt that they were able to fully meet their top 3 household expenditure needs. Further monitoring revealed that by August 2015, it increased to more than 40 percent of the households.
Cash-for-work are interventions that intend to assist beneficiaries to meet their basic needs while at the same time stimulating local markets before medium- to long-term livelihood solutions are in place. This activity has been adapted in several World Vision assisted communities to support disaster risk reduction initiatives. This collective activity encourages community ownership of the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Through cash-for-work, community engagement rises by employing beneficiaries to undertake the repair and reconstruction of their own communal assets. About 50% of the community leaders interviewed in the end of grant evaluation that people in their communities had carried out World Vision work projects which resulted in much-needed new or improved community assets.
The same report revealed that families who engaged in cash-for-work considered the intervention important and timely. The activity covered for many of the beneficiaries’ food and education expenses. To date 20,011 families were engaged by this activity, benefitting a total of 100,055 Haiyan survivors.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
For a disaster prone country like the Philippines, the Disaster Risk Reduction strategy of World Vision intends to respond to the acute need for DRR within the country. The organization has been working on supporting local capacity – including local government units (LGUs) and the communities, to be prepared to face the challenges of future disasters. 675,788 people stand to benefit from these initiatives.
Building communities’ capacity to cope and adapt to the negative impact of hazards through structural and non-structural interventions remains a focal concern. Structural interventions may include mangrove rehabilitation, slope stabilisation and drainage system improvements. All will depend on the need and the context of communities. Non-structural interventions will include community level awareness-raising and capacity building.
A report conducted in August 2015 showed that more than half of the respondents considered their household as better prepared for any disaster common in the area than before Typhoon Haiyan. This preparedness has been demonstrated in subsequent typhoons, showing that families are listening to early warning signals and overall experiencing less significant blows as a result of preparedness.
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