Philippines Relief and Recovery Update
JDC’s critical Typhoon Haiyan recovery and rebuilding efforts — developed in consultation with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community, and our global partners — are concentrated on the Philippines islands of Cebu, Bohol, and Panay, whose impoverished, already vulnerable populations were deeply impacted by the November 2013 disaster.
We’re leveraging our expertise in education, psychosocial support, livelihood recovery, public health, and disaster preparedness to bring longer-term relief to the Filipino people.
With your help, JDC is partnering with local organizations to:
- rebuild destroyed classrooms in two elementary schools in the town of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu, and repair damaged preschools in Capiz province on Panay Island, impacting over 1,200 children
- provide support and rehabilitation training, in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition to local professionals, response teams, and municipal authorities who have been devastating emotional trauma
- rebuild the hard-hit local fishing industry and restore livelihoods by providing replacement boats to carefully selected fishermen, who will contribute their own “sweat equity” to the project
- provide targeted disaster risk reduction assistance in villages where needs are great and few international organizations are operating, with an emphasis on community preparedness, resiliency building, and the special needs of people with disabilities.
Be a part of this response to ensure that Typhoon Haiyan survivors and their communities can rebuild a strong and stable future.
JDC responded urgently to Typhoon Haiyan, a tropical cyclone that struck the central Philippines with catastrophic force on November 8, 2013, killing over 6,000 people and affecting some 14 million Filipinos, who lost homes, schools, and livelihoods.
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, JDC quickly mobilized relief efforts on the ground to:
- ship food, shelter, hygiene, and medical supplies and ensure the provision of clean water and emergency aid for children with the support of our global partners: the Afya Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, UNICEF, the International Medical Corps, and the International Rescue Committee; partnering with UNICEF, for example, helped ensure that within a few weeks, 438,500 people had access to safe water, and 137,000 people received hygiene kits
- partner with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Field Hospital, providing critically important medical equipment and supplies, especially for infants
- help children return to their classrooms by repairing the roof of the Bogo Central School, in cooperation with the IDF and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- deploy a team of disaster relief and development experts to assess needs, distribute aid, and lay the groundwork for effective, sustainable development initiatives
In line with JDC policy, 100% of funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan relief will be used for this disaster.
JDC’s Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines have been covered by a wide variety of local, national, and international media outlets, including CNN, FoxNews, AP, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, and NPR, as well as Jewish and Israeli outlets, including Haaretz, JTA, JNS, Asian Jewish Life, the Jewish Week, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, the L.A. Jewish Journal, the Forward, eJewishPhilanthropy, and Arutz Sheva.
A major op-ed by JDC CEO Alan H. Gill describes the organization’s relief efforts and why a historic act of kindness by the Philippines to grant safe haven to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in the World War II era should compel people worldwide to help the devastated island nation today.