The Philippines is the fourth most disaster-prone country in the world. Many communities are still recovering from the devastating consequences of Typhoon Haiyan, which displaced more than 4 million people in 2013. As well as being vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change, the Philippines is also deeply affected by ongoing conflict that has caused widespread displacement and disenfranchisement, creating a climate of fear within many parts of the population. Your support is teaching vulnerable communities how to plan for and respond to disasters, as well as helping to promote a culture of justice and peace through human rights and advocacy work.
How you’re helping
With your help, our partner on the ground, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), is working with disaster-prone communities to prepare for and mitigate the impact of future disasters. The program helps to build capacity among local community members to identify and reduce the risks they face, and to develop an emergency response plan that will help save lives when disaster strikes. You’re also providing communities with the tools to build resilience to natural disasters including cyclones and the impact of climate change through waste-recycling, tree planting, reforestation, coastal clean-up and organic farming initiatives.
Through the NCCP’s interfaith program “Not without my brothers and sisters”, you’re advocating for the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and helping to promote grassroots actions towards tolerance and co-existence. The key objectives of the program are to promote mutual understanding between Muslims, Christians and Indigenous groups on common aspirations for peace and justice and to promote accountability to the poor and disadvantaged in Philippines society.