Developing nations are particularly affected by the negative impacts of climate change. The TUI Care Foundation provides direct support to the local residents in these countries around the globe. One of the “hot spots” is the Philippines, where know-how transfer and education are helping families in Samar Province to deal with natural disasters more effectively.
A collaborative crisis-prevention project
Natural disasters generally have particularly devastating effects on the Philippine population because it lacks the infrastructure to deal with them. The Filipinos lack both the knowledge and means to equip themselves against the forces of nature. In a collaborative project with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Plan International, the TUI Care Foundation is helping them to improve their crisis prevention infrastructure. Measures are also being implemented to raise awareness about the significance of sustainability and climate protection.
TUI Care Foundation helps people to help themselves
The Foundation and its partners are supporting 2,200 families in Samar Province, which is in the eastern Philippines. The project covers the following areas:
- Crisis response. Every second counts in a crisis and the local residents have to be able to implement an emergency plan properly. That’s why the project provides rescue and first-aid courses enabling the Filipinos to respond more effectively to future crises.
- Reforestation. Most villages in Samar are along the coastlines of the smaller islands. Deforestation there is associated with fatal consequences because, without the trees, the people who live there have less protection against flooding and tropical storms. By next year the project will have created 35 new tree schools. New forest and fruit trees have already been planted at 17 sites in the region. The reforestation activities will protect against further erosion of mountain slopes and provide the residents with fruit.
- Sustainable development. Education about sustainable agriculture and fishing helps the island population to supply their own food and earn a living. This involves the establishment of no-fishing zones so that the dwindling fish stock can replenish itself and provide the local fishermen with a long-term livelihood.
Youngsters in Samar are planting mangrove seedlings to create a new coastal protection zone.