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As part of its typhoon Haiyan emergency response in the province of Leyte, Save the Children will be providing 10 communal latrines/ toilets to Barangay San Isidro in the municipality of Alang-alang. And as their personal counterpart to this assistance extended to them, Eduardo and his neighbours Lodigardo (leftmost) and Archie (rightmost) work hand in hand to build a sturdy room for their new communal toilet.

Eduardo: âÃÂÃÂThis assistance is beneficial for all of us here. With the new toilets that Save the Children will provide, dealing with âÃÂÃÂnatureâÃÂÃÂs callâÃÂàwill be easier. We no longer have to worry about finding cover when itâÃÂÃÂs raining; and most importantly, we no longer have to worry about the possibility of being bitten by snakes there at the grassland while âÃÂÃÂdoing our business.âÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂ

On 8 November 2013, typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines. With winds as strong as 275 km/h and storm surges several meters high, the typhoon destroyed almost everything in its path.

Reportedly, the typhoon has affected more than 14.1 million people including children. To date, it is estimated that 4.1 million people were displaced from their homes, over 6,092 are so far reported killed. Current estimates put the number of children affected at more than 5.4 million.

80%-90% of homes and infrastructure were destroyed in the hardest-hit areas. Millions of children are displaced and do not have access to adequate shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, as well as appropriate medicines, healthcare and psychosocial care.

Save the Children is focusing its response to Typhoon Haiyan in two main locations: Leyte Island in Eastern Visayas and Panay Island in Western Visayas.

Save the Children plans to reach 1,159,668 people including 826,468 children. Our response will focus on relief and early recovery for the first six months, delivering a seven-sector program of Shelter/NFI, WASH, Health, FSL, Child Protection, Education and Nutrition support.

As part of its ongoing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, to date Save the Children has constructed 521 latrines in the Typhoon Haiyan-hit Province of Leyte.


Published on 18/05/2014 at 660 × 351 in Resilience NEWS