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Philipines Update

The team (Howard, Wayne, Edward  and BMFI staff) will be leaving this afternoon or tomorrow morning 04.00.

We will be heading out of communication for about a week distributing the last 500 SRKs to four barangays. Three of the barangays will be island locations, so there is a large amount of logistics to tackle. We will be being supplied from the BMFI team in Iloilo who will be running the supply logistics.

"Some of the places we will be working in are going to be quite challenging, they are totally devastated", said Howard Bradfield. The team will be living with the community's for the next week, loading and unloading the SRKs (shelter repair kit) and coordinating the distribution with our partner organisation BMFI.
"Were really looking forward to the challenge of the next week, its not going to be easy but working in these conditions never is", said Wayne Beaumier.

The team will be focusing on working with the Barangay community to get the job done, "there is no other way to do this work, you have to engage with the community and use them as a resource, these people are not victims, they are resources the best resource we have. It is not our place to simply come in to there community and tell them what is going to happen. Rather we work with the Local Government Units (LGU), and the Barangay to make sure we are all happy with the work and aid being delivered"' Ed Cox Team Lead.

The team has had a lot of help from the Iloilo volunteer group DMCG (Disaster Management Core Group). There tireless efforts have been totally invaluable in the logistical framework of what we are doing. The team and DAI would like to extend a massive thank you to all at the DMCG for being an inspiration in selfless volunteering

Maltese volunteers help rebuildlives in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Maltese disaster relief worker CHRISTINE CASSAR speaks to Annaliza Borg about her efforts and those of Disaster Aid International in The Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan – a daunting task but one which is helping to rebuild lives following the devastation caused by the typhoon

From the Independant 23/12/2-013

What aid is being sent at the moment and how this is being delivered?

The first wave of aid consisted largely of food aid to answer to the immediate needs of the millions of affected people. The second wave deals with shelter needs, which are necessary as people are displaced after a disaster, have no access to latrines and other hygiene supplies, and are therefore vulnerable to the elements. 

As Disaster Aid International, we are providing Home Repair Kits in the west of The Philippines – in the northeast of the island of Panay. We are procuring all the supplies in-country as this not only lowers shipping and air freight costs but also boosts the local economy.


Philippines Typhoon Assessment

Today the Disaster Aid International in-country team conducted an assessment on the central Philippines island of Panay,  which is one of the worst affected by typhoon Haiyan.

Heading out from Iloilo,  Ed Cox, together with Christine Cassar, carried out an ocular assessment and data collection in the North west of Panay, which is where Haiyan made its 4th landfall.

With a number of areas showing a household destruction rate in excess of 90% as well as an emerging set of concerns relating to lack of shelter, this region rates as a priority zone for the deployment of DAI resources.


Deployment: we’re in this for the ‘long haul’ ...

Disaster Aid International aims to provide repair kits for some 1,000 families and temporary shelter to 9,500 people. Non-food items, including the life saving SkyHydrants™ are also in the deployments. Our work will go well into 2014 so, if you can help, it will be greatly appreciated by all those who really are in desperate need.



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