ShelterBox is responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette) caused widespread devastation last year.
Typhoon Rai was the most severe storm to hit the country in 2021. With gusts of up to 240kmph, the storm was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.
It left more than half a million people in areas with high levels of poverty without a home, just a week before Christmas.
This came at an already extremely challenging time for many Filipinos who are still recovering from previous storms, all while contending with Covid-19.
Despite the challenges, we’ve helped more than 500 people so far, providing shelter kits, tarpaulins, and other essential items.
Distributions are led by ShelterBox Operations Philippines, who are working closely with local partners; the international response coordination teams; the Philippines Navy; and Rotary contacts to make sure we’re responding where the need is greatest.
More distributions will be taking place over the next month, with hopes of reaching 9,000 families in total.
Watch as Walter Cang, from the Rotary Club of Cebu, provides an update.