Jewish Aid’s Typhoon Haiyan response making a difference

Documentation of CARE work during aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in

A grandmother receives her CARE food bag that will help to survive.
Community members in typhoon-hit Leon Doni village receive bags containing rice, sardines and canned meat from CARE.
Photo: CARE/Peter Caton.

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Jewish Aid’s CEO meeting with the Phillipines Consular General in Sydney in December 2013.

CARE Australia has thanked Jewish Aid for its contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, with the Australian Jewish community raising an extraordinary $95,000 to support CARE’s relief efforts in the Philippines. CARE’s Country Director in Philippines, Lex Kassenberg said that nearly three months on from Typhoon Haiyan, CARE’s focus was on providing families hardest hit by Haiyan with food that would last a number of months, together with shelter materials to help the many thousands of families hardest hit by Haiyan rebuild their lives. He said attention was also now turning to Philippines’ long-term recovery from one of the largest storms ever recorded.

“While Typhoon Haiyan was a terrifying natural disaster, the likes of which has never been seen before, we also know that the Philippines’ geographic position means it is a country that faces many severe storms,” Mr Kassenberg said.

Devastation after typhoon Haiyan in Merida village in the Philippines. Photo: CARE/Peter Caton

Devastation after typhoon Haiyan in Merida village in the Philippines. Photo: CARE/Peter Caton

He said CARE – thanks to the support of JewishAid – was working to assist families to repair, rebuild and strengthen their homes to help them face future storms. This work is one key component of CARE’s response in the Philippines and involves training local carpenters and community members on building techniques to improve building strength, holding information sessions and having roving teams of local building experts providing advice to families on rebuilding their homes to withstand future storms.

Thanks to the support of JewishAid, CARE is also working with local authorities to plan programs that will help people restore their livelihoods and earn an income, with the United Nations estimating that 5.9 million people’s livelihoods and income sources were destroyed, lost or disrupted because of Typhoon Haiyan, with one third or the Philippines’ rice growing areas destroyed by Haiyan, and 65 per cent of fishing communities in central Philippines losing their nets and boats.

Sacks of CARE food items arrive in Leyte ready to be distributed immeditaely to vulnerable communities. Photo: CARE/Peter Caton.

Sacks of CARE food items arrive in Leyte ready to be distributed immediately to vulnerable communities. Photo: CARE/Peter Caton.

CARE CEO Julia Newton-Howes thanked Jewish Aid for their outstanding support to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

“Typhoon Haiyan has been the most devastating disaster in our region since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. The generosity from Australia’s Jewish community has been outstanding, and on behalf of the whole CARE team, we sincerely thank Jewish Aid for their support and partnership.”

Jewish Aid Australia has donated to CARE Australia during several overseas emergencies including the Boxing Day Tsunami, Haiti earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan. JAA’s CEO, Gary Samowitz, said “I am very proud of the Jewish community’s response. Over 286 donors contributed towards that $90000 amount including 6 schools, 3 birthday parties and a music night for young adults that raised over $5000. The outpouring of generosity was overwhelming. We are especially grateful to our friends at Bnai Brith for promoting the appeal to their networks.”

A CARE distribution of shelter and house materials, near Tacloban, in Leyte Province.  Photo:CARE

A CARE distribution of shelter and house materials, near Tacloban, in Leyte Province.
Photo:CARE

CARE team

Handing over the cheque for $95000 to CARE Australia’s leadership team in January 2014.

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