You have no doubt heard about the destruction of a part of the Philippines by the super typhoon Yolanda, and like us here, are wondering what one can do to help.
While it is hotly debated whether the fierce storm was one of the symptoms of climate change or not, some permaculture colleagues and activists in the Philippines and around the region are responding quickly to this disaster with permaculture initiatives. We are sure there are many more initiatives, but here is some info of ones we have heard about. They obviously need help from us all, and there are many ways one can help.
Renante Areola in Manila reported
We are okay in Manila just signal #1 here. It’s an absolute disaster and together with other permies we organized our own team.
Nyoman Steffen Wen told us that a group of permaculture relief aid workers has started converging on MAIA Earth VIllage in Palawan, Philippines, which is going to be its base. Steve Cran is organising a reconnaissance team, to canvas affected areas and report back on conditions out there, and begin to identify possible project areas. By Christmas, the team will be ready to roll out trained teams of permaculture aid workers in areas that have been identified as in need, and willing to receive the type of aid it can offer. They are looking for help in the following specific areas.
* volunteers able to commit to 3 months field work
* logistical assistance (committed online volunteers, researchers, etc)
* contacts with other aid networks and organisations
* corporate sponsorship for food, materials, flights, equipment, etc
You can follow the permaculture aid team here.
If you think you can help, please get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Bert Peeters says
I have been assisting tribal communities in North Palawan for which relief and rehab means rebuilding houses, boats and looking at sound survival solutions like rainwater collectors, compost toilets and the like.
Devastation is worse in the east and we are still trying to get in at a substantial level so we can really make a permaculture move. For the time being it is still assessing and networking while others are in the relief field.
The Permaculture Aid Yoland team are sending out an SOS.
The funds we have are running out quickly as we encounter more and more needs in these remote villages. We require our recon guide for another week (US$700), and a vehicle as well (US$600/week). We are sleeping in tents in whatever space is available, so have avoided accommodation costs wherever possible, but could use funds for food for the recon team (approx $50/day for 7 people).
Contact Hepburn Relocalisation Network for bank details for donation.