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DLA Piper Foundation Helping Rebuild Livelihoods Typhoon-affected Philippines

Published 02/25/2014 by Global Communities

DLA Piper Foundation Partners with Global Communities to Rebuild Livelihoods in Areas Struck by Typhoon in Philippines

Shelter kits are being provided to home-based artisans whose homes were damaged by the storm.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The DLA Piper Foundation has donated $43,369 to Global Communities to assist recovery efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The typhoon struck on November 8, 2013, and caused widespread destruction, damaging more than 1 million homes and affecting 14 million people.
With the DLA Piper Foundation’s support, Global Communities aims to assist in providing shelter and rebuilding livelihoods for more than 300 families in Bisay Town, Samar Province. This town, which was badly damaged in the typhoon, is a center for manufacturing woven goods that are exported to the US and Europe. Global Communities is providing shelter kits to home-based women artisans whose houses were damaged by the typhoon. By enabling them to repair their homes, they will be able to rapidly resume production of their goods, and earn a living again.
Shelter kits include galvanized iron sheeting, fastening materials and other tools needed to repair and mount roofs. Global Communities will also provide the women with artisan kits, replacing raw materials lost in the storm, such as the dried grasses used for weaving. Overall, this approach will provide families with shelter, help them restart their jobs, and also provide elements of protection to the women artisans, by providing the security of an undamaged home.
“We at Global Communities are proud to partner with the DLA Piper Foundation on this critically important endeavor. DLA Piper has shown a longstanding commitment to Global Communities’ work, and has supported us in vulnerable communities in Haiti and Indonesia with financial assistance and extensive pro bono work,” said David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities. “Through their generous assistance, we are helping these communities recover and be able to support their families.”
“Our firm’s lawyers and staff raised these funds, along with a contribution from the firm, that were then granted to Global Communities by the DLA Piper Foundation to help people in the Philippines recover from this tragedy,” said Cameron “Jay” Rains, co-chair (Americas) of DLA Piper. “We’re proud to support Global Communities to help rebuild these devastated communities.”
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