Typhoon Haiyan recovery slow; help still needed

Published On: Mar 12 2014 08:39:06 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 12 2014 10:28:45 PM HST

Donations for relief aid are flying in to help thousands affected by super typhoon Haiyan.

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Super typhoon Haiyan was and still is one of the worst tragedies the Philippines has ever seen. The death toll has reached more than 5,000.

But five months later, aid groups say recovery is slow and help is still needed.

"They are not just dependent on relief or support or aid from organizations. They really are trying their best to stay strong and rebuild their communities and to be there with their families," said Mia Andal-Castro of the Consuelo Foundation.

The Consuelo Foundation in Honolulu says donations for Philippines relief are making a difference.

"Our general approach is emergency assistance and early recovery. 75 percent of our resources are going to that," said Jon Matsuoka of the Consuelo Foundation.

The Filipino Community center has raised $600,000 that will be matched by Consuelo.

"That is a record in the Filipino community. No other effort has raised this much in the Filipino community in the history as we know it," said Filipino Community Center Vice Chair Bryan Andaya.

The Consuelo Foundation all together raised $3.3 million for recovery.

Volunteers are still on the ground. The nonprofit first looked at immediate needs; focusing on ignored areas with little to no relief. The organization is providing much needed essentials from tents to sanitation, and food to water.

"We are developing new industries, especially those that are geared towards impoverished women, such as sardine processing and pickling," said Matsuoka.

That is a part of the long term foundation the nonprofit hopes to lay out as they help rebuild wiped out industries and to restore livelihood.

The Consuelo Foundation also provided solar light to communities and distributed emergency kits to 2,500 people.

There is now a Project Hope blog set up where you can keep up to date with the foundations efforts.


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