In November 2013, super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing over 8,000 people, displacing six million and destroying homes, schools and livelihoods in some of the most isolated and vulnerable communities.
A little over one year on from the strongest storm on record, after providing emergency food, shelter and health care to those in immediate need, we are supporting young people still facing the long process of reconstruction by training them in skills and supporting them to start their own businesses so they can secure their futures.
How we are helping
Working with the Philippines YMCA, we will be supporting a community particularly affected by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) to rebuild and help esure young people are able to access job opportunities in their local area and are resilient to future disasters.
From January 2015, we hope to reach more than 1,500 people across the community, and provide vocational and life skills training to over 175 young people. Ranging from auto-mechanics training to beauty care, catering and carpentry, the training will be tailored to the market needs and opportunities in the community and surrounding areas. We have also already supported repairs to the primary and secondary schools in the community damaged by the typhoon.
We will help the community to build their resilience to future disasters, and provide training on disaster risk reduction and First Aid so community members can reduce the impact of disasters and be ready to respond as soon as they hit. The vocational and livelihoods training centre built in just 7 months in the community with funds from Y Care International’s emergency appeal will also be an emergency shelter for future typhoons and is built to withstand wind speeds of more than 250 kph. The centre is wheelchair accessible and will be the venue for trainings and meetings in the community.
What we want to achieve
- Train more than 175 young people in vocational and business skills in the new vocational and livelihoods training centre and support them to find a job or start their own businesses
- Work with local government, local leaders, and the community to improve their resilience to natural disasters and provide training on disaster risk reduction
- Increase the leadership skills and health awareness of more than 175 young people through training on leadership, community organisation, and sexual and reproductive health
- Continue to support 60 household heads of the worst-affected households with income earning opportunities through supporting the establishment of small local cooperatives and providing training so they can rebuild their livelihoods.