Category: Disaster

Ten months of Community Quarantine and the Crisis is Far from Over for the Poor

Ten months into the pandemic and community quarantine, the poor in Palawan, the Visayas, and Mindanao continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. Thirty-four percent were worried that they would not have enough food to eat; two-thirds (67%) percent are earning less than before the pandemic; and a quarter (27%) are unable to pay...
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Remembering Typhoon Haiyan

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) ripped through central Philippines, causing death and destruction in its path. It is estimated that more than 6,300 people were killed with thousands more injured, and millions made homeless. It was the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall – powerful winds and storm surges smashed...
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A New Home For Maria

Maria’s touching story of sacrifice, hard work and heroism was the centerpiece of ICM’s Gala Dinner in October 2015. As she shared her dreams and new-found hope for her life, and proudly watched her son Melvin perform, almost a thousand people were inspired to dream with ICM for the ultrapoor of the Philippines. It took...
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Proactive Preparedness

 The Philippines is one of the most disaster-plagued areas in the world. The country is vulnerable to the most violent storms, like typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands of people and brought devastation to the Visayas region on November 8, 2013. After witnessing the destruction caused by disaster in the country, particularly among the ultrapoor communities,...
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Planting Beauty in the Brokenness Left By Typhoon Haiyan

Written by Justine Maceross, Communications Officer ICM-Hong Kong On 3 March 2014, ICM staff, along with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and several volunteers, loaded a small pump boat with relief packs — each including hygiene kits, clothing and 40 boxes full of FMSC MannaPacks (packages of nutrient-fortified food) — and climbed aboard. We visited communities...
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With Your Help, Lolita Starts Again

  If you visit what’s left of the village where Lolita lives, you will find her scrounging through the debris of her former garden, looking for seeds to start again.  The water that swept over her village that fateful day in November washed away her entire life—her home, garden and her small vegetable shop. She...
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Shining Hope into Bohol This New Year

Report contribution from ICM Communications Team Val Jovani Canda, Lily Grace Talaban & Meng Valientes After the catastrophic 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October, Bohol is beginning to get back on its feet. To assist the recovery, ICM is on a special mission to eliminating darkness for the poor. Around the island, school classes are seen...
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Mothers Thankful for ICM’s Relief Distribution

By Justine Maceross, ICM Communications Officer On December 5, ICM staff revisited Logingot Island for the first time since our initial visit two weeks prior — this time to distribute more relief packs for 220 families. During this trip, we got the privilege to speak with several mothers who shared their experiences during and after...
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Going the Extra Mile

Reflections from Erin Manfredi, ICM’s Communications Manager – Trip to Panay After days of tense waiting, relief goods made their way to remote villages and into the eager arms of devastated and displaced survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Located in the Western Visayas region, the Island of Panay was struck particularly hard by the typhoon.  ICM recently...
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ICM Rebuilds Lives After Typhoon Haiyan

It’s hard to imagine how many families are able to survive after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines. 12 million have been affected, millions are without homes, electricity and basic necessities, and they need our help. Punta Buri is a tiny remote island, a one-hour boat ride from the main island of Panay in Central...
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