LATEST UPDATE: Integral Disaster Response
Latest News: Typhoon Haiyan, the Phillipines
11 December 2013
World Relief Canada is one of the Integral Member Agencies supporting the Integral joint disaster response to Typhoon Haiyan. This story describes how a certain church became a refuge for one family ...
Shelter from the storm
Photo: Lito and Emmalyn, and their children, seven-year-old Mark Anthony and 11-month-old Justin.
Statue of Jesus sheltering children outside a church in Leyte; and road sign to Leyte snapped in two.
3rd December 2013
Integral Members have already committed over $2.5 million USDs to support one another's work in the initial emergency response to the Typhoon Haiyan ...
More info in the latest Integral Newsletter
27th November 2013
Integral is please to announce that an Integral Hub office is to be established to support its response to Typhoon Haiyan ...
Integral Member World Concern mobilised Chris Sheach, their Deputy Director of Disaster Response, to support the formation of the Integral Hub. Chris arrived in Manila on November 14, and connected with fellow Integral Members Medair, Food for the Hungry, Tearfund UK, Tear Netherlands and World Renew. Five Integral Members have sent staff as part of the Hub set up team - and Integral is recruiting a team of six to take over staffing the Hub for an initial six month period. This new team will cover logistics, monitoring and evaluation, partner coordination, finance, information management and communications.
Jan Eyre, Integral’s Disaster Management Coordinator, says, “Establishing an Integral Hub in the Philippines is a very significant development for Integral. As well as increasing efficiency through sharing resources, we can also work closely to support our partner organisations, linking them into the international coordination mechanisms, such as the UN Cluster system, and potentially providing funding for those who cannot access it from elsewhere. It will also enable us to stand alongside and encourage the local church in their response within their communities. It is very important to us that our partnership extends to, and serves, local churches, community groups and organisations that were there long before we arrived and who will remain there long after our work is completed.”
Read the full Press Release here
Photo: Food for the Hungry
22nd November 2013
Integral Member Medair is providing crucial support to affected families during the first few weeks and months after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. They are planning to deliver immediate relief for an estimated 120,000 people in three crucial ways: providing immediate health care, ensuring safe water and hygiene, and establishing emergency shelter.
Joel Kaiser, Medair’s Emergency Response Officer in the Philippines, speaks in this video clip of what their assessment team have found:
‘... You have Tacloban, and just south of there along the Eastern Coast where our teams are operating … the area is 100% destroyed. The teams are finding village after village completely destroyed. Medair are providing basic emergency items to these affected villages – practical items that will bring immediate benefit in the form of dignity kits, hygiene kits, rubble clearing kits and basic shelter materials kits.'
Four Integral Members are supporting Medair in their initial response phase, providing crucial funding to purchase relief items quickly and get them to where they are needed the most.
21st November 2013
Grace Wiebe, World Renew’s Senior Disaster Response Manager, is currently on the ground in the Philippines working with partners to assess needs and plan World Renew's response to Typhoon Haiyan. Read about what she is doing in the Philippines on her blog.
Grace says: 'On Monday, November 18th, I had the opportunity to attend an Early Recovery Cluster meeting of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. These cluster meetings are numerous and time consuming but helpful to aid agencies because they allow us to hear the expectations that have been set by the national government and learn how other organizations are responding. In this way various agencies can work together, coordinate our efforts, and ensure that we don’t overlap.'
'I also had a meeting with the Integral Alliance. Integral is a global alliance of 19 Christian relief and development agencies – including World Renew - that work together to present an effective response to disasters and poverty worldwide. At today’s meeting, we did our own mapping exercise and found that we will be working in some proximity to each other on the island of Leyte. We are now talking about sharing some office space to keep our administrative costs down. The Integral Alliance also benefits World Renew by connecting churches and agencies who have funds with agencies that are responding. World Renew has already been blessed by this alliance with commitments of $70,000 for our Haiyan response.'
Read more from Grace on her blog.
20th November 2013
Integral's UK member is Tearfund. David Bainbridge, their International Director, appeared on the BBC news in the UK, to explain the sheer scale of the task at hand in responding to the Typhoon Haiyan aftermath, and what the priorities are.
David says, "The key here is the level of targeting ... ensuring that the people in greatest need, the most vulnerable are reached. And often those aren’t the people on the streets or making a noise; it’s the elderly, it’s children or it's mothers with a large number of kids at home who they are trying to care for. And so the role of aid agencies like Tearfund, and other members of the DEC, is very much to ensure that as essential relief arrives, it is going out to the right people – the people that have the greatest needs are prioritised."
Click here to watch the full news clip
19th November 2013
Photo and stories are beginning to be sent back to us from Integral Members who have media teams currently in the field. This case study is from Tearfund UK:
Marilynn Accedemia is a teacher who escaped through a hole in the ceiling. She was holding a wake for her aunty as the storm hit. “Eight people were sheltering here in this room,” says Marilynn. “Myself and two others survived.” The five who died included relatives, two teachers and a 15yr old girl. An elderly man of 76 got out through a window. “I pulled myself up by an electric cable to get through the hole,” she explains, pointing to the hole. Her two children had moved to a relative’s house some 800m away. They were thought to be secure, but that house too became overwhelmed with the storm surge. The children would have died had they not been pulled free by relatives.
Click here for more news from Tearfund
Photo: Tearfund/Marcus Perkins
Marilynn Accedemia (31) – a teacher who escaped through a hole
in the ceiling, was holding a wake for her aunty as the storm hit. Seven
other people were sheltering in the room with her, and only she and two
18th November 2013: Integral Member MAP International, based in the USA, is responding to Typhoon Haiyan by providing critically needed medicines and supplies to emergency medical teams and to local field partners.
In this rapid response phase, MAP has already mobilised US$7.5 million of medical supplies, and through
its International Global Essential Medicines, Supplies, and Services (GEMS) Program will deliver this medical relief. MAP has already supplied 3 Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs) to be used by partners - each kit contains enough medicines and supplies to treat 10,000 people for 3 months, and is worth US$17,000.
MAP’s other activities in this initial phase have been to equip emergency medical teams and local partners with donated essential drugs and supplies, secure critically needed drugs from global wholesalers and leverage their global procurement capacity and designated U.S. Foreign Trade Zone to source and provide essential drugs. MAP will also provide a full 20-foot ocean container of key children’s antibiotics and other pediatric drugs to address anticipated public health needs for respiratory infections and other common childhood diseases.
Ravi Jayakaran, MAP’s Vice President of Global Programs says, “The only hospital on Leyte Island was completely destroyed by the typhoon with all drugs and supplies washed away, so it’s vitally important that we ramp up our network of partners to get the job done. Our project objective, with funding support from fellow Integral Members, is to provide aid to an estimated 225,000 people through health facilities and mobile emergency response teams within the affected areas.”
Photo: MAP's Medical Mission Packs being prepared for shipment in the USA
Click here for MAP's website
State of Guian, Eastern Samar as of November 12, 2013. Photo by John Javellana
15th November 2013:
Fiona Boshoff, Director of Integral, says "Our Members are beginning to hear back from their Needs Assessment teams who are having to get into the most affected areas by any means available. Fuel is in short supply, and continued tropical storms are hindering access. We have reports of people walking in, going by motorbike as far as their fuel allows, and by boat."
She continues, “We have heard stories of an exodus of people leaving Tacloban city to find out what has happened to their families and home villages following the storm. There is no transport, so professionals and students alike are walking 12 hours to reach Eastern Samar. On their way they meet families begging for food at the sides of the roads.”
Yesterday, on the third Integral conference call since the Typhoon Haiyan struck, 25 Integral Member staff discussed the Integral response so far. They continue to share information and support with one another and other local NGOs, and will be working over the weekend to develop a plan for a collaborative way forward. Fiona says, “It was really heartening to hear that our Members on the ground are reaching areas where no other help has so far reached.”
East Samar and parts of West.
14 November 2013:
Integral Alliance’s relief efforts continue today as Needs Assessments struggle to get to and from the most affected areas.
12 November 2013:
18 Integral Members have opted in to the joint Integral Disaster Response for the impact of Cyclone Haiyan in The Philippines. This joint action will enable Members to coordinate their activities in crisis-stricken communities across the country.
Debbie Toribio, Executive Director for Food for the Hungry Philippines, is currently in Manila. She says, “The devastation is huge as you could see in the news. It is a nightmare. Food for the Hungry Philippines is working alongside local partners within the area, with immediate relief of food, water, non food items and medicines. Food for the Hungry is focused on Northern and Eastern Samar, selecting the most impacted communities first.”
She continues: “Expressed needs are for food and water, and then medicines, clothes and shelter. There is also a need to help survivors process what happened and help them deal with their loss and trauma. Effective coordination would, of course, greatly add to our efforts in reaching out beyond the immediate needs, to provide services like Child Friendly Space for children, psychosocial support for children and youth, and the construction of houses and schools.”
Read full press release
Photo: One of a series of UN Disaster Assessment Coordination photos of Tacloban Airport,
Tacloban coastal areas and Tacloban City, courtesy of UNDAC