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Hope and Inspiration in the Philippines

When actress Freida Pinto arrived in the Philippines, she bore witness to the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan more than a year earlier.

Still, she remains hopeful and inspired.

Plan International USA is on the ground supplying communities with health services, education necessities, rebuilding equipment, and more.

“Please don’t lose hope,” she said. “I meet so many various inspiring people, from youth to little kids to Plan workers. These people inspire me – inspire me to go out there and continue doing the good work – continue doing work that will affect those positively.”

Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, taking the lives of more than 6,200 people and affecting over 14 million. Those impacted included some 5 million children. More than 1.14 million houses were damaged or destroyed in the storm, and all vital services were affected, including power, water supply, and health services.

Currently Plan is spearheading two disaster response projects in the Philippines.

A United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funded project in Taclabon aims to provide transitional shelter assistance to 1,289 households (6,079 persons) whose houses were officially listed as totally or partially damaged.

Another USAID/OFDA funded project is ensuring the province of Davao Oriental is adequately prepared for another disaster. The goal is to expand disaster preparedness and response capabilities in 12 vulnerable barangays in the Typhoon Bopha-affected coastal municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston.

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