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Lutheran World Relief Continues Support for Typhoon Survivors

Baltimore, July 8, 2013—Seven months after Typhoon Bopha—locally known as Typhoon Pablo—struck the Philippines with high winds and heavy rainfall, LWR continues to support populations affected by the storm. Remnants of the typhoon’s damage are still visible in areas of southern Mindanao in piles of debris, acres of uprooted coconut trees and miles of makeshift houses.

In response to immediate relief and ongoing recovery needs in areas hit hardest by the storm, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has implemented cash-for-work projects, distributed shelter repair kits and supported livelihood recovery activities in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur provinces. LWR has also distributed relief supplies—including Quilts, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits and School Kits—to more than 91,000 people requiring assistance after the storm. In total, LWR is reaching nearly 148,000 typhoon-affected individuals through its relief and recovery efforts in Mindanao.

In response to shelter needs, LWR has worked with local partners to identify populations requiring assistance and distribute shelter repair kits to more than 4,100 households—or nearly 21,000 people—in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Kits were individualized to meet each household’s needs and contain needed repair materials, such as galvanized iron sheeting, nails, hammers, handsaws and roof sealant.

LWR is also working to rehabilitate the livelihoods of storm-affected populations. In collaboration with a local partner, LWR has engaged approximately 6,000 households in cash-for-work projects, jumpstarting local economies and providing households with cash for food, shelter repair materials and other necessary household items. These projects have also contributed to community clean-up efforts, clearing debris from public schools, farm-to-market roads and other public spaces.

Additionally, LWR is working to rebuild coastal livelihoods and build resilience to future natural disasters in storm affected-areas of the Philippines. LWR has distributed seaweed seedlings and planting materials to farmers and provided boat repair materials to fishermen and women. LWR has also supported the reestablishment of a mangrove nursery with nearly 50,000 mangrove propagules and seedlings and provided training on mangrove nursery management and maintenance to community members who were identified to manage the nursery.

LWR ensures that all of its projects in the Philippines meet international humanitarian standards while helping to build the capacity of other organizations to meet these standards, as well. LWR serves as the Sphere Focal Point in the Philippines, providing trainings, coordinating humanitarian agencies and sharing information on Sphere and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) standards. LWR also coordinates with the Alliance of Sphere Agencies Philippines (ASAP), which is composed of 13 national and international member organizations dedicated to Quality & Accountability.

About Lutheran World Relief (LWR):
Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit lwr.org.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

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