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More Cornish Aid Arrives in The Philippines

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:04pm 9th April 2014

Cornish aid kits are being given out at typhoon hit villages in the Philippines... still surviving without electricity.

It is five months since the disaster devastated places like Capucapu.

Up to ten thousand people died and fourteen million were displaced.

Redruth charity Byond was one of the first on the ground to distribute emergency aid. Now it has sent longer term help in the form everything from tarpaulins to tools to re-build homes.

When the boxes arrived in Ormoc the team had already assessed a number of locations and identified two communities, Capucapu and Patag, where the aid would be of particular value.

Capucapu is a small fishing village built on mud flats. Most members of the community owned very little before November's typhoon and had even less afterwards. Some five months after the typhoon made landfall the village is still without electricity and bridges in the area have been badly damaged. The volunteers carried shelter kits over to Capucapu balanced on the small wooden fishing boats that serve as ferries over to the mud flats.

Shelter KitsPablito and Victoriano Argentina are one of the families at Capucapu who were given a shelter kit by Byond. Pablito is unable to work because he has tuberculosis. Victoriano looks after their son and their daughter's three children. Their daughter works in Manila and what little money she is able to send home supports the whole household.

Patag is a small village on a hillside overlooking Ormoc. As a result of its exposed location the community suffered more than most in this region when typhoon Haiyan struck. Many of the villagers work in the sugarcane fields that surround the area and earn a wage of less than £1 a day

Byond volunteer Lasse Petersen said: "For many of these people, there are no backup options, no reserve resources, so it's very difficult for them to begin the process of recovery without some outside assistance and the shelter kits will make a real difference. We're giving people the tools and the resources to help themselves."

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