Philippines: Building storm-resilient homes, one year after Typhoon Haiyan

07 November 2014

Edmundo is a farmer from Samar, but Typhoon Haiyan robbed him of his home and his crops. The destruction made it impossible to return to farming right away, but also meant that a lot of reconstruction was necessary. The Red Cross trained him to work as a carpenter, helping rebuild infrastructure so that it would be more resistant to future storms. He has used his new skills both to build a new home for himself and his family, and to earn a living.

A year on, he and his family are living in their new home, and Edmundo hopes to begin farming again.

To help people like Edmundo, the ICRC has:

  • built over 3,800 storm-resilient shelters;
  • trained over 560 carpenters in sound construction principles for storm-resilient shelters.


Typhoon Haiyan survivors back in business
One year after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods were devastated are returning to work with the support of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.