From relief to recovery: Philippine Red Cross helps restore livelihoods in Marawi

After a year when the Marawi crisis started, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is shifting its operations from relief to recovery while focusing on the restoration of livelihoods in the war-torn Islamic City.

The PRC announced that it will provide livelihood assistance to affected families who are returning to Marawi City.

As part of the continuous aid operations of the organization, the PRC in partnership with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) is setting up a P15-million household livelihood assistance for 1,500 for families who were affected by the conflict.

The Battle of Marawi left thousands homeless and with devastated livelihoods as government troops operated to liberate the city from the clutches of ISIS-Maute terrorist group.

After the ongoing beneficiary selection, assessment, and validation, the PRC said the distribution of livelihood assistance will start in July.

“PRC has helped families to repair safer, more disaster-resilient temporary shelters in the evacuation centers, through orientation on self-shelter and distribution of shelter toolkits containing a hatchet, a saw, umbrella nails, a rope, tie wire, and tarpaulins as part of the organization’s shelter repair assistance,” PRC statement said.

The PRC already distributed 527 shelter toolkits to three evacuation centers in Balo-I Lanao del Norte, Bito, Buadi Ituwa, Marawi City, and Pindulonan, Mulondo Lanao del Sur.

Aside from livelihood and shelter assistance, the PRC provided hot meals and clean water, as well as other humanitarian aid such as psychosocial support, first aid, and tracing services.

Through its basic health care unit, the PRC has served 8,392 patients, and transported 321 individuals to nearby hospitals.

Almost 43,000 individuals were provided with psychosocial support, while 1,520 individuals have received hot meals.

The Welfare Service’s I Am Alive program, helped 6,192 individuals contact their missing loved ones.

About 11,649 families received food items as well as non-food items composed of hygiene kits, kitchen sets, solar lamps, and slippers, from ICRC and other partner national societies.

To ensure the health and safety of the people, the PRC, through the provision of water tankers distributed clean water to 214, 504 individuals.

The organization also installed 20 portalets, 53 cubicles for bathing purposes, and eight cooking kiosks in the evacuation centers.

The public is invited to be part of the organization’s mission to alleviate suffering and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable by giving generously or by becoming PRC volunteers.

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