Water, sanitation and hygiene
In the aftermath of the hurricane, contaminated water was putting people's lives at risk. Our first priority was to provide clean, safe water to drink through tanks, pumps, pipes and by trucking water in. Sanitation was also a key issue. We built toilets, keeping them clean and maintaining the sewage system. We also built washing and laundry facilities and provided essential hygiene equipment.
Helping people get food and earn a living
The devastation Haiyan caused to people's livelihoods was immense - it badly affected their ability to work and earn a living. 74% of the fishing communities in areas affected by the storm lost their main source of income. In the short term, we provided people with emergency income so they could buy food and other essentials, like clothes and materials to repair their homes or recover their businesses. We've supported 107,000 families in the form of cash, vouchers or cash for work. We have given direct help to affected communities in coconut farming, seaweed farming, fishing
and rice farming, such as:
- Training and equipment for 9,000 families who work in coconut farming.
- Helping more than 2,200 fishing families to repair their boats by establishing boat repair stations and providing training, materials and cash for work.
- Providing fishing materials to more than 3,000 families who lost all their fishing materials in the storm, such as nets, hooks, crab nets, fish drying equipment.
- Helped more than 800 families who rely on seaweed farming, by providing materials and training to make essential repairs to equipment. We also offered cash for work clearing debris from the community and mangroves, so that families can afford to buy their own new equipment.
Advocacy and other support
Since Typhoon Haiyan, Oxfam has published several reports to give a perspective on the situation in typhoon-affected regions, and insight and recommendations on how best to continue reconstruction. This includes recommendations for the rehabilitation of the coconut and fisheries industry, relocation and resettlement, and land tenure. Our #MAKEtheRIGHTMOVE campaign calls on the government to get resettlement and rehabilitation efforts right, and immediately put in place their disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation plans.
The emergency phase of our response provided life-saving support to millions. But challenges remain in the transition to long term development.
One year on - summary of Oxfam's reponse (PDF, 1.45MB)