Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is making a significant contribution to rebuilding 800 homes for people affected by Typhoon Bopha in the southern Philippines.
Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines on 4 December 2012 with winds of 250 kph winds. More than 1,800 people were reported dead or missing mostly in the eastern provinces of Mindanao that sustained the heaviest damage. We responded to this emergency with $300,000.
Over one million families (5.5 million people) were affected in 18 provinces of Mindanao and the Visayas.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand contributed more than $300,000 to relief work in the Philippines, including $150,000 from the government's New Zealand Aid Programme.
We have been working through our sister agencies NASSA (Caritas Philippines) and Catholic Relief Services on the ground who sent joint teams to the affected areas. NASSA has been providing families with day to day living needs; set up water supply, sanitation and clean up systems; build shelters; and create livelihood support.