The heavy destruction Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as "Yolanda") left after ripping through the Philippines on November 8, 2013, is just beginning to surface. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that the typhoon affected 14.1 million people across the country and displaced over 4.1 million people, the storm's surge completely sweeping away numerous villages and damaging upwards of 1.1 million homes (as of December 20, 2013).
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We have been in close communication with local architects and our Manila Chapter, as well partners within our network to assess the situation. At the moment, the affected areas are still in the 'relief phase' with survivors requiring immediate needs of food, water and shelter. Once this initial response needs have been met, long-term reconstruction will officially begin, but it is imperative to begin the planning process now.
Immediate donations are needed to assist with these assessment and planning efforts to rebuild in these communities. 100% of donations designated to support the Typhoon Haiyan response will go toward rebuilding efforts in the affected regions.
Architecture for Humanity is committed to working alongside communities, to help affected regions in the best way possible by addressing long-term reconstruction needs. Although we engage a disaster immediately following an event, we are not a relief agency and cannot provide immediate assistance to those in need. However, your immediate donations will allow us to identify the scale of our response. Through assessing our funds and the community's needs, we will identify how we can most effectively help the affected communities.
We will always work to ensure that funds are utilized in the most effective way to help communities in need, with the following principles in mind:
- Create educational platforms to share disaster rebuilding expertise and knowledge with local building professionals and community groups who are leading rebuilding initiatives in affected communities.
- Provide community design, planning and architectural support for local agencies to rebuild to mitigate damages to communities at risk.
- Build back better. Lead long-term solutions thinking, that aims to support the local economy, create equity and resist future threats.
How to Help
Support communities who need to rebuild by donating and sharing our message with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support.
Below are a few useful links and resources which help to give an understanding of the current situation on the ground:
- UN OCHA: Typhoon Haiyan Crisis Page
A UN resource, this page includes updates on the number of people affected, media contacts, funding and links to current maps, graphics and situation reports.
- National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Control: Homepage
This Philippine Government site features links to twice-daily situation reports with detailed breakdowns of the typhoon's effects.
- Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH): Full Report
An online portal of information, this governmental site tracks the status of international aid and assistance pledged by countries and organizations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
- Google Crisis Map: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map
This Google crowdsourced map provides information on evacuation centers, crisis areas and relief drop zone areas as well as damage assessments.
- Humanitarian Response Philippines: Homepage
Provided by UN OCHA, this site is designed to enable information exchange among operational responders and provides a "one-stop-shop" for global information coordination resources.
- IRIN Humanitarian news and analysis: Philippines
This humanitarian news service, also provided by UN OCHA, reports the latest stories and on the ground updates.