Yolanda Tsumani, 2013
Ormoc City, Philippines
Ormoc is a first class port city in the province of Leyte, Philippines. Ormoc is the economic, cultural, commercial and transportation hub of western Leyte. On 8 November 2013, the city was largely destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
The City of Tacloban is the capital and seat of government of the Region of Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). It is approximately 360 miles (580 km) southeast of Manila. It was the first city in Region VIII to become a “Highly Urbanized City” and is the largest city in terms of population in Eastern Visayas.
On 8 November 2013, Tacloban was hit by the full force of Typhoon Haiyan (PAGASA name: Yolanda), causing massive destruction across the city. Dead bodies were scattered on the streets, trees were uprooted, and a 13 ft (4 m) storm surge largely destroyed Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, though it functions still as makeshift command and evacuation center. After taking a helicopter flight over the city, US Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy was quoted as saying, “I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way – every single building, every single house. As of 14 January 2014, the official death toll stood at 6,201 persons, having previously suffered similar destruction and loss of life in 1897 and 1912.
PHILIPPINES PROGRESS REPORT:
“Give a man food and he will live for a day. Teach him to grow one & he will support generation upon generation of men“. – unknown author
Revive Farm project provides income and fresh food for locals near Ormoc City.
The father of a local young man who is leading the relief efforts in the village we were helping in the Philippines, passed away just before Christmas. He fought to live but lost his battle to cardiac arrest & due to all his major organs failed to function. He was diagnosed with Pancreatitis & been hospitalized for over a month just before Yolanda made landfall in their village.
Revive Farms Community is a grassroots initiative that two guys started after Yolanda. The goal is to provide sustainable livelihood for the surrounding communities through Organic Farming. A portion of the donations went towards purchasing seedlings & other materials needed for farming. .
Revive, the sustainable livelihood project, was launched and in full throttle in January, and turned over to the community to take care of in the last week of March.
Funds were provided for fishing equipment to 9 fishermen for partners in Tacloban, Philippines. Other boats were also given by generous people early this year.
A partner in Tacloban, Tee Ton’s team, who worked alongside Mel from day one, was given some of the funds to provide fishing equipment to 9 fishermen in Tacloban. Boats were also given by generous people early this year.
COMMUNITY CENTERS AND CHAPELS.
Some of the funds were used to build two chapels, also used as community centers. One in the remote area, with the help of other donors, and another in Tacloban. They were equipped with benches, audio equipment and supplies to operate.
A Doctor went to villages serving the people’s needs.
The people in my hometown cannot rely on relief efforts to survive on, so my family, along with a group of friends, have teamed up Teams Together to help provide sustainable livelihood programs. Some of the donations will go towards purchasing seedlings & other materials needed for farming.
On behalf of my family & the people you’ve helped, thank you for your generosity. God knows what each of you did.
To honor my family & the victims of Yolanda in my hometown, we will not be hosting a Christmas party or sending Christmas cards this year. Funds for these expenses will go towards Rehabilitation projects in my hometown in the Philippines. — Rhiza