Austrian, Swiss Aid Groups Help Philippine Typhoon Victims

    Austrian and Swiss aid agencies are helping victims of typhoons Ketsana and Parma in the Philippines rebuild their homes and their lives, Inquirer.net reports. Caritas Australia, Caritas Switzerland and the Austrian Development Agency are jointly funding a reconstruction project that seeks to help repair more than 1,000 houses destroyed by the two strong typhoons that hit the Asian country in September 2009. The project will focus on the province of Benguet in northern Philippines and will be implemented by the country’s Citizens’ Disaster Response Center. Aside from construction materials, the project will also distribute non-food items and provide psychosocial services to some 5,000 families in the region.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.