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Miss Universe Organization
Miss Universe Cordaid Fund
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 creating a major disaster, affecting more than 12 million people and displacing more than 4 million people.
Destruction in Tacloban, Leyte province in The Philippines, 4 months after the typhoon hit the area. The storm surge destroyed entire neighborhoods in the area.
The Miss Universe Organization and Dutch development agency, Cordaid, partnered to create a global fund that will raise awareness and money for regions of the Philippines that have been affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The two international organizations have called attention to the needs of projects that are essential for the country’s recovery long after the emergency relief period has ended.
Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler meets women of the community during a visit to support Cordaid in Coron, Philippines.
Map of Coron, Phillippines – one of the areas supported by the Miss Universe Cordaid Fund.
Cordaid began its recovery response and operations immediately after Yolanda struck focusing on all phases of relief strategy with the protection and safety of women and children as a primary objective. A mission of the Miss Universe Organization is to empower women to serve as role models throughout their communities and across the globe. Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler and former titleholders will continue to raise awareness and be the change agents for project sites that the Miss Universe Cordaid Fund will serve.
For every community project the mapping of the barangay is very important. Each map shows the traces of the super typhoon, particularly its effects on the houses of the community members.
The main goal of this partnership is to assist vulnerable communities affected by typhoon Haiyan to increase their resilience to future disaster. The projects discern two, partly overlapping, phases: early recovery and recovery leading to resiliency. Finally people will live in safer, disaster resilient houses, will have access to safe drinking water and use latrines, will take care of managing their natural environment and will have persified livelihood and marketing options. Communities are better able to cope with natural hazards and reduce impacts of a disaster by applying resilient community action plans.
The concrete form work for one of Cordaid's Resilient Community Infrastructure projects. Here an evacuation bridge is being built providing an important route to safety over a river that is usually flooded and dangerous during times of strong weather
Cordaid will remain committed for the years to come to help and ensure that communities be rebuilt with an eye to self- reliance. Cordaid is currently stationed in 36 developing countries working on more than 3,000 projects, ranging from urban housing to women's health and children's education.
A Cordaid-sponsored Community Resilience Workshop mobilizes community members to map what risks exist and how these can be reduced in future disasters.
Basketball courts are often used as evacuation centers during emergencies, therefore it is important that the roof will be repaired. Cordaid is developing a new project to start working in a few barangays in Guiuan city, too.
Although much has been accomplished, there is plenty of work to be done. The affected communities rely on YOU to help make a difference and become more resilient for the future.