South East Asia

Philippines: One Year Post-Yolanda

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SCHOOLS | HOUSING | DAY CARE CENTERS
LIVELIHOODS | PSYCHOSOCIAL

One Year Snapshot

HOUSING
59 repaired houses
116 newly constructed houses

SCHOOLS
19 new buildings
39 new classrooms
89 repaired/renovated buildings
189 repaired classrooms

DAY CARE CENTERS
18 repaired Kindergartens
5 newly constructed Kindergartens

AGRICULTURE
142 hectare land cultivated
introduction of organic farming
municipal demonstration farm revived
construction of 2 farmers’ training center buildings
construction of 3 nursery buildings, structures for composting/vermi-culture
construction of labs, seed banks, storages

PSYCHOSOCIAL
Child Friendly Spaces in 11 villages
trauma healing for 330 children and mothers

Over one year has passed since 200 mph winds wreaked havoc on the coastal belt of East Samar in the Philippines. From the beginning, AMURT has worked in close collaboration with government authorities and the people themselves to play its part in rebuilding shattered lives.

Back to school

AMURT’s reconstruction teams, under the capable leadership of local civil engineers, have built 39 new classrooms and repaired 189 classrooms in 108 schools, making it an important implementing organization in East Samar. AMURT’s efficiency and excellence have attracted visits from high ranking officials. Both the president of the Philippines and the secretary general of education have visited our project to witness the achievements and offer their appreciation for the way AMURT prioritized the need to get children back to school.

AMURT has adopted the motto, popularized after the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, of “building back better.” So, not only did AMURT rebuild and repair, but it upgraded entire school campuses, replacing all termite-infested wooden structures, for example, and even repainting the flagpoles.

In addition, AMURT has renovated or constructed 23 daycare centers, transforming dark and cramped facilities into cheerful, light-filled centers of learning.

Safe new houses for typhoon-affected families.
Safe new houses for typhoon-affected families.

Home sweet home

AMURT construction teams have been rebuilding individual homes in the barangays of Agnaya and Asgad. A total of 116 homes are being rebuilt and 59 homes are being repaired. 60% of the beneficiaries, selected through a lottery system, have started moving into these permanent structures that are built to resist powerful storms.

AMURT offered the beneficiaries design choices, to give their homes a personalized feel. Hence, people could opt for terraces, or bigger living spaces, or more windows. In this way AMURT accommodated individual needs, providing people with a sense control over rebuilding their lives.

This reconstruction project was made possible through the tireless endeavor of the mayor of Salcedo to secure suitable land for the houses. Many of the beneficiaries lived too close to the ocean, in what has now been declared a “no build zone,” and had no choice but to relocate.

AMURT has forged a highly productive relationship with the mayor and his team in what has become an exemplary private-public partnership. Right from the beginning, when AMURT was still mobilizing resources, the spirit of cooperation prevailed, with the mayor providing AMURT with vehicles and warehouse space.

The demonstration farm provides farmers with new technologies and new possibilities.
The demonstration farm provides farmers with new technologies and new possibilities.

Strengthening the base

An estimated 33 million coconut trees were destroyed, by Typhoon Yolanda, wiping out the livelihood of many already poor famers. Given that coconut trees take 6 – 9 years to grow to maturity, an alternative source of income is crucial. AMURT has been in a dialogue with the Department of Agriculture of Salcedo municipality, and the farmers themselves, to find alternative solutions.

AMURT rebuilt and improved the municipal demonstration farm, which serves as a source of seeds and organic fertilizers for local farmers (with the capacity to generate 20 tons of fertilizer each month). Moreover, the training facility built by AMURT will provide the farmers with new farming methods such as compost making and integrated pest management. AMURT sees the demonstration farm as a catalyst for sustainable agricultural development.

AMURT staff worked with local farmers to form 33 new farmers’ associations, and to unite all the associations into a farmers’ federation that serves 1900 farmers. The federation distributes essential farming inputs to the farmers, and purchases and markets their produce, thereby cutting out the middle men so more profits go to the farmers themselves. This was a crucial step as the Department of Agriculture will only fund farmers who organize themselves into a federation.

Typhoon Relief Response in Philippines

Thousands of people are feared to have been killed when Super-Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines early Friday morning with winds reaching as much as 310km/h (195mph), possibly the strongest ever to hit the country.

AMURT & AMURTEL were already engaged in earthquake recovery in the area and immediately began typhoon relief. Read more

Manila Floods

In the Philippines local AMURT & AMURTEL volunteers responded to massive floods in early August in and around Manila. Throughout the month they distributed cooked food, bread, drinking water, and hygiene items to more than 10,000 people. Read more

Philippines Flood Relief

In Cagayan de Oro the AMURT team distributed food rations to 400 families at Lower Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City. After recent flooding in Southern Philippines more than 1,000 persons died or are missing and 300,000 have had to flee to shelters after their homes and villages were washed away. AMURT Philippines has several teams in the area assisting the affected communities.

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Padang Earthquake Response – October 2009

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Kalyani
Project website resources.amurt.net/index.php
Document software pdf
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dada Ragodbhasananda
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country 21 villages in the 3 districts of Pariaman, Padang Pariaman and Pesisir Selatan, Indonesia
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments By end October, AMURT had distributed food and/or non-food items to more than 2,600 families
Project support sources KNH
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=65
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) ragodbhasananda@amurt.net +62 813 75003538
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Shelter Food Non-Food Protection psycho-social education
Project starting date Oct1, 2009
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 5 staff 5 volunteers
Published
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:05 pm
Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details. There is both a response overview and a human interest story.
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Padang Earthquake Response – October 2009

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Kalyani
Project website resources.amurt.net/index.php
Document software pdf
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dada Ragodbhasananda
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country 21 villages in the 3 districts of Pariaman, Padang Pariaman and Pesisir Selatan, Indonesia
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments By end October, AMURT had distributed food and/or non-food items to more than 2,600 families
Project support sources KNH
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=65
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) ragodbhasananda@amurt.net +62 813 75003538
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Shelter Food Non-Food Protection psycho-social education
Project starting date Oct1, 2009
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 5 staff 5 volunteers
Published
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:05 pm
Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details. There is both a response overview and a human interest story.
DOWNLOAD FILES

Manila flooding response

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
AMURT Manila
Project website www.amurt.net
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Premamaya Ananda
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Metro Manila
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments Served 50,000 hot meals. Distributed 12.000 litres of drinking water. Distributed non-food items to 1877 families. Medical Service to 333 people. Ongoing “Healing Art” with 87 children.
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Cash
Project support sources AMURT South East Asia AMURT global: $5000
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=64
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) manila@amurt.net +6329246068
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Food security
Project starting date 28/09/09
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 5 staff 30 volunteers
Published
Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:27 am
AMURT & AMURTEL teams in Manila serve hot meals to affected communities. Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details.

Direct banking info:

Name: Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha
Bank: Metro Bank (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company)
Branch: Sikatuna Village – Anonas Branch, Philippines
Account Number: 007-347-55631-5
RT Number: 01026 2126
SWIFT: MBTCPHMM

Four typhoons hit Luzon, in the Philippines in 33 days, with a death toll of more then 1100; thousands of hectares of land flooded and rendered unusable for agriculture for the next two months at the best. Thousands of houses were washed away and up to half a million people affected with hundreds of thousands of people needing to be relocated to safer places. Currently more than a hundred thousand are still in evacuation centres in the affected areas.

Ever since the first typhoon on September 26 AMURT & AMURTEL Relief Teams has been working round the clock to extend help and comfort the affected people.

DOWNLOAD FILES

Manila flooding response

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
AMURT Manila
Project website www.amurt.net
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Premamaya Ananda
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Metro Manila
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments Served 50,000 hot meals. Distributed 12.000 litres of drinking water. Distributed non-food items to 1877 families. Medical Service to 333 people. Ongoing “Healing Art” with 87 children.
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Cash
Project support sources AMURT South East Asia AMURT global: $5000
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=64
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) manila@amurt.net +6329246068
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Food security
Project starting date 28/09/09
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 5 staff 30 volunteers
Published
Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:27 am
AMURT & AMURTEL teams in Manila serve hot meals to affected communities. Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details.

Direct banking info:

Name: Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha
Bank: Metro Bank (Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company)
Branch: Sikatuna Village – Anonas Branch, Philippines
Account Number: 007-347-55631-5
RT Number: 01026 2126
SWIFT: MBTCPHMM

Four typhoons hit Luzon, in the Philippines in 33 days, with a death toll of more then 1100; thousands of hectares of land flooded and rendered unusable for agriculture for the next two months at the best. Thousands of houses were washed away and up to half a million people affected with hundreds of thousands of people needing to be relocated to safer places. Currently more than a hundred thousand are still in evacuation centres in the affected areas.

Ever since the first typhoon on September 26 AMURT & AMURTEL Relief Teams has been working round the clock to extend help and comfort the affected people.

DOWNLOAD FILES