PWS&D is working to protect livelihoods and promote economic growth in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan and vulnerable to future disasters.

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, it was the most severe storm to hit land ever recorded. The super-typhoon claimed over 6,000 lives and impacted over 16 million people.

While rehabilitation efforts have empowered many families to repair infrastructure and rebuild their lives, Haiyan emphasized the need to build resilience to disasters.

A woman helps fabricate new fishing nets. Photo: Paul Jeffrey

When the typhoon destroyed boats, nets, crops and seeds, many farmers and fisher folk in poor coastal regions lost their sole source of income. With no alternative for financial support, vulnerable families remain trapped in cycles of poverty and unable to cope with disasters.

PWS&D is working with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and World Renew to support members of the poorest communities in Iloilo Province to protect their livelihoods, manage risks and recover faster in the wake of disaster.

Project activities focused on training for fishers and farmers, gender sensitivity, savings and loans assistance, establishing alternative livelihoods and developing early warning systems for future disasters are improving household incomes and equipping communities to better prepare for storms.

Donations to this project are matched 3:1 by the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.