Typhoon Washi December 2011
On December 16th, 2011, Typhoon Washi (Sendong) devastated areas of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, (Mindanao, Philippines) and killed over 1300 people with many still unaccounted for. Iligan City was perhaps the most affected by the Typhoon, with a wide number of communities by the river completely washed away by the flood. The flood destroyed properties and forever changed the landscape of Iligan City. More than 125,000 people in 150 villages in 23 towns, and 13 provinces in 8 cities were displaced in some way. At least 1,334 houses were destroyed while 3,070 were damaged. Those who survived the disaster were hungry and completely overwhelmed, as many lost family members and friends as well as all their possessions in the flood. There were scarce and loosely coordinated disaster response and relief operations carri ed o ut b y di fferent ag enci es, organizations and general volunteers; this however was not scratching the surface. Survivors were in urgent need of food, water, medicines, dry clothes, blankets, as well as utensils and material to rebuild their damaged homes. Iligan City - Mindanao Iligan City is a significantly urbanized city in the North of Mindanao, about 800km South of the capital Manila. Iligan City is home to approximately 322,000 people.
Survivors were in urgent need of food, water, medicines, dry clothes, blankets, as well as utensils and material to rebuild their damaged homes. Iligan City - Mindanao Iligan City is a significantly urbanized city in the North of Mindanao, about 800km South of the capital Manila. Iligan City is home to approximately 322,000
An Immediate Response
Simon Smith received a call a few days after the flood, pleading for him to, ʻdo somethingʼ to help the people who were displaced, traumatized, and by then, sick because of the lack of drinking water and food. A team of 5 friends from Brisbane Australia flew to Iligan city, the heart of the f l o o d s c e n e o n Christmas Eve 2011. The team consisted of tradesmen and medical people. What they saw they could not have prepared for. After an exhausting few days repairing and rebuilding home and treating over 500 sick people, they managed to set up temporary accommodation in a w a r e h o u s e capable of housing ten families, and began supporting these people who h a d l o s t everything.
ON GOING PROJECT
This is an ongoing project and much help is needed. The children have to be cared for in every way, including clothing, schooling, etc. Sponsors are needed for these RH kids to continue to give them a hope and a future. It costs on average $80 to sponsor each child per month. The plan is to eventually purchase land and have a purpose built home to accommodate the ʻRainbow house Kidsʼ. Please consider partnering with a handful of people who are trying to make a difference for many.