Philippine Children

The Philippines

LWR’s projects aim to help the Filipinos who live in the most remote regions, out of touch with the government and living far below the poverty line. Places that are separated by an “ocean” both literally and figuratively. Working with community groups, LWR provides these folks with the skills and tools they need to make changes at the village level (or Barangay) and get attention from government programs.

Your support helps LWR fight injustice and poverty in the Philippines.

Strengthening village and tribal influence on government policy:

  • Building infrastructure such as tribal meeting halls
  • Bringing women and groups with similar interests together in people’s organizations (POs)
  • Providing leadership development training to PO members

Supporting Arms to Farms: the PEACE (Productivity Enhancement Assistance for Community Empowerment) project to help combatants-turned-farmers who have chosen peace and want to help their communities:

  • Training in agriculture skills and techniques increase farmers’ crop yields
  • Providing micro-financing that lets them invest in up front purchases like good seeds and equipment
  • Helping small farmers earn more income for their efforts
  • Establishing marketplaces where farmers can sell their harvests and providing necessary market equipment (i.e. scales)
  • Providing technical training on agriculture methods and new skills like collective marketing

Establishing community-managed, disaster risk reducing systems:

  • Providing technical guidance at the village level on how to plan evacuation routes and set up rescue services

Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on the morning of November 8 as one of the world’s most powerful storms on record to make landfall. The Category 5 typhoon made landfall near Leyte Province in Eastern Visayas Region causing massive destruction and loss of life. The storm hit with wind gusts up to 235 mph, nearly 16 inches of rainfall and waves up to 45 feet in some areas.

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