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NEARLY 2,000 villagers may have been killed by a devastating storm which tore through the Philippines last December.
The reported death toll of Typhoon Bopha stands at 1,146 but an additional 834 are still missing two months on.
“People have not only lost houses, they have lost their livelihoods,” says Plan’s Country Director in the Philippines, Carin van der Hor.
Plan’s initial disaster response is planned for 18 months though will likely extend up to 36 months for full recovery and rehabilitation.
The charity’s emergency response teams are providing emergency aid for those living in the typhoon aftermath.
A major focus for Plan is protecting emergency-hit children from abuse, violence and neglect.
“When typhoon Bopha hit Mindanao, the children in these areas suffered most. Child protection measures are urgently needed” says Ms van der Hor.
Plan will help protect children separated from their families as well as health and nutrition work.
“We start with the basics, providing clean drinking water, hygiene kits, food and shelter materials,” says Ms van der Hor.
“Then we focus in the next steps in recovery, working alongside communities to ensure children and their caregivers are protected and supported to return to normality.”
Plan’s longer-term recovery and rehabilitation work will follow immediate humanitarian relief.
Education will also form part of Plan’s work, helping build schools and distribute back to school kits, as well as helping prepare families for future disasters.
“We work with children, communities, and government agencies to identify disaster risks and strengthen their resilience,” says Ms van der Hor.
“Preparation can make all the difference when the worst happens.”
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Notes to editors
1) Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. A future you would want for all children, your family and friends. For 75 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfill their potential by:
· giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
· securing the education of girls and boys
· working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
· inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
· enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future.
We do what’s needed, where it’s needed most. We do what you would do. With your support children, families and entire communities have the power to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.
2) Plan UK is a member of The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organisation for 14 leading humanitarian aid agencies.
3) We work with children in 50 of the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.
4) Plan was founded by British journalist John Langdon-Davies in 1937 to rescue orphans and other vulnerable children from the Spanish Civil War.
6) We have over 100,000 sponsors in the UK, generating £24 million a year, and 1 million sponsored children worldwide
7) Sponsorship starts at £15-a-month and, rather than going to individual children and their families, funds projects to improve schooling, health, nutrition and livelihoods across communities.
8) Plan's activities are guided by the principals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other internationally-recognised human rights treaties, and is informed by the local context and knowledge of the country and region.