Typhoon Yolanda struck Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. As of November 14, 2013 NDRRMC said Saturday the death toll stood at 3,633 with 12,487 people injured. Another 1,179 people are missing. Most of the casualties occurred on Leyte and Samar islands.
In Samar Province Guiuan municipality is one of the hardest hit areas. Homonhon which is part of Guiuan more than a week after the devastation have received no assistance and relief both from the national and provincial governments. Around 7,000 people is the estimated population of Homonhon island.
Even before the typhoon, the people rely on their own in order to survive and raise their families through fishing and farming. Local produce includes citrus fruits, mangoes, guyabanos, and other tropical fruits. Vegetables also grow in Homonhon such as squash, cucumber, leafy veggies, string beans. Rootcrops produced are sweet potato, cassava, ube, gabi and the likes. Upland rice are used to provide the staple food in the area.
Homonhon also continues to be subjected to decades of a large-scale mining operation which has already caused environmental degradation and affected food security in the island.
The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, through the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and in cooperation with the Homonhon Environment Rescuers Organization, responded to the plight of the people of Homonhon Island through a relief and livelihood assistance project, aiming to deliver farming and fishing livelihood implements and provide basic skills training in agriculture and disaster risk reduction to at least 400 families in the island's villages.
Above: A training session on vegetable farming was conducted alongside the distribution of seeds and farming implements.
Above: Participants of the vegetable farming training pose for a "graduation photo."
Above: Seeds and other farming implements distributed to help Homonhon farmers recover from Yolanda impacts.
Above: HERO leader and local coordinator Daipen Montes facilitating the distribution of farming implements.