While Tacloban rebuilds, team returns to regional Emergency Relief Network planning
The devastation in the days after Typhoon Haiyan was overwhelming as our IFAW disaster response team completed an assessment in Tacloban and nearby villages.
I wrote about these feelings in my initial post.
When I returned to those same areas mid-December, I almost couldn’t recognize the city.
The main road now had two clear lanes and I could see down most of the side-streets. Not only were the stores and markets open, but they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables.
The city felt alive again.
These vast changes were encouraging. Work is being done seemingly faster than first predicted. For our team members who were working in these areas for the first time, I struggled to try to explain how different it had looked and what that demonstrated about the people living and working there.
We worked for five days in Samar, providing medical care and food for the animals, along with human relief goods. A big hit: coloring books with crayons for the families who cared for the animals.
While our partner PAWS continues to provide relief in the affected areas, the IFAW team is returning our focus back to a workshop of the Southeast Asia Emergency Relief Network, which we had been working on a week before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall.
We will add our experiences from this response to be able to respond to the next disaster even more effectively and with even more organizations working by our side.
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