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Community Outreach Program: Victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

 

In our advocacy to decrease the number of the disadvantaged children, Kalipay extends our services to the most basic community structure that influences these children’s lives – the FAMILY.

Towards the end of 2013, one of the strongest typhoons in the world, typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda took many lives and left numerous families homeless. Only few know that there were also several communities in the northeastern part of Negros Occidental that were badly affected. In response to this tragic event, Kalipay has adopted a community that was not given much attention, the island of Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. The island has approximately 300 households and they will soon be transferred to a relocation site located in mainland Cadiz Viejo that will result in easier access and egress. Furthermore, there will no longer be a risk of the community being isolated from the rest of the province.

The commitment of Kalipay would not only end in the provision of basic services such as housing and livelihood. Its aim is to help the community rebuild their lives towards being self-reliant and self-sustaining community.


Our strategy:

·       KALIPAY partnered with the local Municipality of Cadiz City
·       A relocation plan by the local municipality will be established to provide a safer place for the victims of the said typhoon.
·       The local municipality committed to buy 3.5 hectares of land solely for the relocation of the Lakawon informal settlers.
·       A team of community organizers from KALIPAY shall be deployed in the area to carry out specific and defined interventions on community development
·       The project shall be implemented accordingly in two (2) phases: the relocation phase that will take place in the first 7 months of the project; and the rehabilitation phase that will be implemented once the people are already settled in the relocation area
·       A 3-5 years community development program shall be carried out

For us to be able to move forward in our endeavor to give them a safer and better life, we will be needing a lot of financial support from funding agencies and private individuals and groups to be able to provide their immediate basic needs namely food and shelter.

Kalipay plans to achieve the following the next 3-5 years:

·       In partnership with Gawad Kalinga, 300 homes will be built for the displaced families (PHP100,000/USD2,675 each);

·       Construct 100 fishing boats (PHP 25,000/USD582 each)

·       Provide trainings for livelihood projects - hog fattening/hog raising, net fishing, buy and sell, poultry, carpentry, cooking/baking, sari-sari store, dress making, food vending, squid catching, welding, arts & crafts (approximately PHP 20,000/USD 465 - PHP 50,000/USD 1163 per project)