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Unconditional Cash Grants: Helping Communities in the Philippines Rebuild After Typhoon Haiyan

Alvina Consultado of the Philippines has received an unconditional cash grant from Plan International.
Alvina Consultado of the Philippines has received an unconditional cash grant from Plan International.
May 6, 2014
Individuals in the Philippines are being helped back on their feet by Plan International.

Six months after a deadly typhoon brought devastation and destruction to villages throughout the Philippines, community members are rebuilding – and they’re enlisting the help of Plan International.

Unconditional cash grants are one component of Plan’s broader program to provide support for immediate food security and livelihood for communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The project is supporting 10,148 of the most vulnerable typhoon-affected households, giving opportunities both to individual families and to complete community rehabilitation projects.

Target households for the unconditional cash transfers include female and child-headed households, as well as households with elderly, sick, or disabled members.

Here are a few people benefiting from the program:

Alvina, 70

After enduring pain in her knees afflicted with arthritis, Alvina can now afford to buy her medicine.

With the generous support of the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), typhoon survivors like Alvina are receiving approximately $5 per day for 30 days to provide immediate cash for their priority needs.

Before the disaster, Alvina and her husband relied on their coconut harvest, yet with the destruction of crops and loss of livelihood, she was left with no means to meet those basic necessities, including buying medicine. Her house was also washed away, and she and her husband went to live with one of their children.

After obtaining medicine and food, she hopes to use a part of the cash she received to buy some materials to rebuild their house.

Mark, 16

Mark lost his father and six other relatives during the typhoon. With only his sister helping him financially, he is grateful for the support extended to him through Plan.

He was given hope that he can fulfill his dreams.

“I want to be a policeman someday, so I can help other people,” he said.

The sophomore student is currently living with his Uncle Pascual’s family. His uncle also lost his wife to the typhoon. Pascual farms for other landowners and his livelihood was gravely affected. Yet, despite the devastating losses experienced by the family, Mark has received much loving support from his remaining relatives, and he is coping with his experience from the disaster.

When he received the cash support from Plan, he knew exactly what to do with it.

“For now, I will save most of it,” he said. “So, if I need to buy some things for school, I have the money to spend.”

Find out how you can help Typhoon victims like Alvina and Mark!

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