Over a four-week span in September and October, 2009, metro Manila and nearby Philippines provinces were battered by typhoons Ketsana, Parma, and Mirindae. These typhoons affected more than 4.6 million people―killing at least 938 people and damaging or destroying more than 277,000 homes.
Read the Disaster Response Update report for an update on our progress.
Habitat’s response in the Philippines
Habitat for Humanity Philippines responded to the multiple disasters, helping more than 15,000 affected families. Over a 6-month period, Habitat assisted with debris removal and cleanup and helping families cope with the terrible flooding caused by the typhoons. In partnership with Save the Children, the Philippines Red Cross and others, Habitat built 312 toilet and bathing units at 25 evacuation centers by January 2010.
Due to the large number of inhabitable houses, HFH Philippines distributed home repair kits to 10,000 families in metro Manila. Habitat also worked with The Charitable Trust of Australia to distribute Food for Work items, including rice, canned goods and bottled water.
In the next stage of rehabilitation and resettlement, Habitat worked with ABS-CBN Foundation to help relocate 4,000 families to Laguna, a province south of Manila, refurbished 4,095 homes and built 693 new housing units.
Read more about the Philippines response to Typhoons Ketsana, Parma and Mirinae in the Habitat for Humanity Disaster Response Shelter Catalogue.
How you can help
Please donate today to support Habitat’s efforts in The Philippines.