In December 2021, a Category 5 Super Cyclone called Cyclone Rai (locally known as TC Odette) made landfall on the island, bringing torrential rains, violent winds, and floods with maximum sustained winds of 195km/hr and gusts of up to 260km/hr. It was the strongest storm to hit Mindanao in 10 years and the third strongest to ever land in the northern hemisphere. The cyclone destroyed homes and crops, leaving the vulnerable communities in a difficult situation.
Critical food relief for
School kits for
impacted by the resulting floods and landslides
Our work with Maradeca is rooted in deep local expertise and integration with wider responses. In both projects, Maradeca conducted site visitations to define needs, validation meetings, and monitoring and evaluation, which provided improvement points for future projects. At the same time, Maradeca coordinated with various government departments, including the Ministry of Social Services and Development, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Local Government Units, to ensure our intervention was well-targeted and complemented other relief efforts.