Cordaid in The Philippines
After the typhoons that struck Mindanao in 2011 and 2012, Cordaid provided emergency and recovery assistance. Current thematic areas are Resilience and Disaster Preparedness.
Cordaid builds the capacities of communities through action planning and training. We enable collaboration between communities and other stakeholders and co-create smart, risk-proof solutions based on the communities’ priorities.
Farmers on Kinatarcan Island, Santa Fe municipality. Improving their skills in climate smart farming on small islands, where water and soil conditions are difficult. Image: Boyet Tores / Cordaid, 2017.
Humanitarian Aid (Disaster Preparedness)
Cordaid builds the disaster preparedness capacities of communities, local government as well as partner organisations in training sessions and workshops. Thus we enable all stakeholders to reduce impact of disaster and act fast and well-coordinated when disaster strikes.
In both thematic areas we mobilize and strengthen capacities of communities, local authorities and others to build sustainable and alternative livelihoods. We also influence local and national policies and plans, for example on local climate actions and land use.
A community map of assets and capacities to protect from hazards and climate risks. A risk assessment is created to identify what is most at risk when disasters strike, like a typhoon, strong wind, storm surge or drought. Image: Juan Miguel Torres.
In the longer run, Cordaid aims to break the cycle of repeated disaster in risk prone and disadvantaged areas in The Philippines. We do this by putting people in charge of their own resilient development. Cordaid also intends to respond to the situation of the victims of conflict in Mindanao, and to contribute to peace building and resiliency in that part of the country.
Partners and donors
Our main partner organizations are EcoWEB (Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, a national NGO also active in Mindanao), East West Seed, an international private company and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), a climate policy group working locally, nationally and internationally to promote resilient low-carbon development. NASSA is the national Caritas organization, supporting all diocesan Social Action Centres. Cordaid is part of the Caritas network in the Philippines, and works currently with diocesan Social Action Centres in the provinces of Eastern Samar, Palawan and Cebu.
Cordaid is also a member of the Partners for Resilience Alliance, a Dutch based global alliance, consisting of Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Wetlands International.
Our main donors are the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caritas Member Organisations.
(Top image: Very simple to build and low cost: through the evaporation of seawater these desalinators separate salt and water. Desalinators will make an extra 3 liters of water a day available for poor families with no access to water. Image: Juan Miguel Torres / Cordaid, 2017. Second image: Weavers in Malawig village (Coron, Palawan). Weaving and selling traditional products provides an important alternative income from fishing for the coastal. Image: Boyet Tores / Cordaid, 2017)