Solar light distribution for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda
Visayas Region, The Philippines.
As part of Typhoon Haiyan's relief mission, AMDA received around 420 units of Solar lights (Type: d.Lights S300) from Kopernik to distribute around the affected areas. The units were distributed at 3 different places;
1.Eastern Samar - 96 units
2.Cebu - 215 Units
3.Panay Island - 108 Units
First distribution was held on the 20th of December 2013 in Gigoso Barangai in the Eporlos Municipality. Gigoso has a population of 223 families with 167 households. Almost all of them are fishermen and more than 95% of the fishing boats have been destroyed or lost due to the Typhoon. AMDA distributed 96 units of solar lights in Eastern Samar with the help of a local NGO PRRM.
Second distribution was done on the 22nd of December 2013 in the Municipality of Santa Fe at three barangays, namely; Barangay Okoy (Matiamban village), Barangay Balidbid (Tawin village) and Barangay Maricaban (Purok 3 village). We selected the villages with the help of the Santa Fe Mayor. He personally came to help the distribution in the village of Matiamban. All villages we selected are situated far in land and has no or rare access to electricity even in normal situation.
Only 108 lights were distributed this time in Santa Fe, as the rest of 107 yet to arrive due to delivery delays at ports caused by massive relief goods transportation. These 107 units will be distributed when arrive, to hospital, maternity homes and local government offices who work constantly during the emergency situation.
Third and final distribution was on the 24th of December 2013 in barangay Badlan Grande of Calinog municipality in Iloilo. Badlan Grande was one of the most remote areas of Calinog and is a small farmers community. The area was affected by strong wind and heavy rain during Typhoon Haiyan. Calinog Municipality is made of around 230 households.
Only 50 of the lights were distributed in the Calinog municipality and the rest will be distributed after Christmas in Batad Iloilo area.