Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

CRS Completes 20,000 New Shelters Ahead of 2-Year Typhoon Anniversary

Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

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Two years after Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, claiming more than 6,200 lives and destroying millions of homes, CRS has repaired and rebuilt 20,000 safe and durable shelters. By making cash grants, providing construction materials and training carpenters, CRS has ensured that more than 100,000 people on Leyte and Samar islands have a safe shelter they can call home.

We complement our shelter program with activities aimed at making families more resilient to future disasters. From job training to ensuring critical waste management in flood-prone communities, CRS’ recovery efforts in the Philippines have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people.

All photos by Kim Pozniak/CRS unless otherwise noted.

CRS is marking the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan by celebrating the construction and repair of 20,000 storm-resistant shelters on Leyte island. The shelters are home to more than 100,000 people.
CRS has helped families relocate from the hardest-hit areas to safer neighborhoods. People living in communities close to the water have found a new home on higher ground.
Millions of homes, like Dolores Nuevas,’ were destroyed by the November 2013 super typhoon. The storm killed thousands of people and flattened entire towns.
Families in Tacloban, many still traumatized by Haiyan, cherish their new homes—and a strong and vibrant community where they feel safe.
Josefa Alvero, and her two sons and niece were relocated from their coastal community. They now call a storm-resistant shelter built by CRS their home.
CRS has constructed thousands of homes using local materials and corrugated iron sheets. The A-frame structures are durable and disaster-resistant, keeping families safe.
CRS’ shelter design incorporates latrines, septic tanks and communal water points to ensure clean and sanitary conditions.
CRS is working with volunteers to construct recreational facilities, like playgrounds and basketball courts, so children have a place to play.
As part of our shelter program, CRS trained carpenters and supplied them with the tools they needed to help communities rebuild their homes.
In low-lying areas prone to flooding, garbage prevents floodwaters from draining. To help communities become more resistant to future disasters, CRS has incorporated waste management activities into our work.
CRS’ waste management program includes regular garbage pickup and recycle bins. In communities prone to flooding, floodwaters wash up garbage, which prevents waters from receding.
CRS is helping communities repair and rebuild their community centers so they can feel whole again.
CRS shelters are more than just a safe haven. Families have turned the basic structures into beautiful homes, complete with gardens, fencing and decor.


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