Humanity & Inclusion in the Philippines
Our teams have worked in the Philippines since 1985, delivering aid and services to the most vulnerable victims of natural disasters and running ongoing disaster-risk reduction programs to help people with disabilities prepare for future disasters.
As one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, Humanity & Inclusion focuses its work on the country's poorest areas—where the population is most exposed to disasters and conflicts and where public services are lacking. Typhoons and their side-effects, including landslides, storm surges and flash floods, are the most frequent and devastating natural disasters. In the past 20 years, natural disasters have killed more than 31,000 and affected more than 98 million people in the Philippines.
Our Current Work
Most recently, our teams distributed community clean-up kits following Super Typhoon Mangkhut, so that roads, public spaces, and infrastructure could be restored. In addition, Humanity & Inclusion's team of 42 national staff and three expatriate staff works diligently to:
- Manage and prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
- Empower people with disabilities through meaningful work
- Provide technical support to local organizations to ensure inclusion
Learn more about these critical actions below.
Prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Humanity & Inclusion helps service providers in Davao City to implement an integrated approach to the management and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension. The project comprises several activities designed to raise awareness about the prevention of diabetes and build the capacity of service providers. The organization also provides training and supplies essential equipment for healthcare professionals. Humanity & Inclusion is taking steps to raise the awareness of diabetes sufferers regarding the existing care options.
Ensure people with disabilities have rights
To help people with disabilities and vulnerable families in the municipality of Baras recover economically from past typhoons, Humanity & Inclusion sponsors livelihood programs and empowers local disabled persons organizations to advocate for their rights. The organization also ensures that people with disabilities have access to social welfare services.
Empower all people through inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion provides technical support to the Philippines Red Cross on the inclusion of people with disabilities within their projects in the provinces of Cebu and Leyte, as well as inclusive organizational development at the Red Cross National Headquarters. Technical support has included workshops on how to facilitate workshops on lessons learned and a manual with an inclusion orientation and pocket guide with standard operation procedure.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in the Philippines since 1985, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
Read on to learn more about our past work in the Philippines, and consider investing in our future.
Following natural disasters, Humanity & Inclusion set up fixed and mobile units to provide mobility aids, adaptive devices, protection items, and shelter kits to those most in need and ensure that they have access to food, water, and health services. The response targeted people with disabilities or severe medical conditions, children, expectant mothers, mothers with young children, female heads of households, and the elderly. After Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the most violent typhoon ever recorded, Humanity & Inclusion launched an emergency response intervention in the provinces of Leyte and Capiz. The organization’s teams deployed a logistics platform to help ensure humanitarian aid could reach the most isolated areas. They also distributed 1,390 tents to people whose homes had been destroyed, and supported the process to rebuild shelters for 900 households. The organization helped 700 highly vulnerable households affected by the typhoon, by providing them with financial and technical assistance, so that they could rebuild homes that are safer and better able to withstand natural disasters.
Disaster Risk Reduction
Humanity & Inclusion helped vulnerable people prepare for natural disasters by sharing and disseminating disaster risk management training tools with government offices and local organizations. Nearly 57,000 stakeholders in 13 provinces benefited. Humanity & Inclusion also encouraged the authorities to draw up contingency and evacuation plans, which specifically take people with disabilities into account.