On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, causing widespread destruction, damaging more than 1 million homes and affecting 14 million people. In the aftermath of the disaster, Global Communities conducted an assessment in some of the hardest hit areas of northern Cebu, eastern Samar and Leyte. In addition to the destruction of infrastructure and homes, the assessment team found that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also suffered substantial damages. SMEs are the economic engine of these hard-hit communities and the recovery of these SMEs can influence the recovery of the entire community. At the same time, the artisanal craft sector is a significant source of employment in the region and was subject to widespread loss of assets during the storm.
Global Communities’ program focused on restoring basic shelter and livelihoods in the weeks and months directly following the typhoon. Global Communities distributed household shelter kits to artisans who work from home and whose houses were damaged during the storm. In addition to providing households with shelters kits to assist with reconstruction, we distributed working materials that the artisans need to resume production. The shelter kits included galvanized iron sheeting, fastening materials and the tools needed to repair and mount roofs.
Please read more about the Typhoon Haiyan Rapid Response project here.