Super Typhoon Haiyan will go down in history as one of the most powerful storms in recorded history. It resulted in more than 6,155 deaths with 1,800 people unaccounted for. All told, it effected 16 million people and damage is estimated to be in the billions.
Haiyan (known as Yolanda locally) left hundreds of thousands of people without permanent shelter. Livelihoods such as fishing and farming and small businesses will need to be rebuilt.
We know from disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami, that to fully recover takes many years. That’s why CDP is uniquely focused on highlighting the impact of long-term disaster recovery.
We launched the CDP Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Fund just days following the November 2013 disaster to help with these long-term needs. Donors have committed more than $300,000 to long-term recovery through the fund. We are now assessing how the funds might be used and where we can issue grants to make the most impact with our donors’ pooled resources.
Through CDP’s unparalleled expertise in disaster management and grant making, the Fund will invest in projects and initiatives that:
Support vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated;
Emphasize funding that is medium- and long-term in nature and based upon the prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come;
Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce;
Foster collaborative relationships among donors—including the sharing of information with funders and nonprofit organizations; and
Promote cross-sector coordination with academics, donors, think tanks, and public and private humanitarian actors.