KitoOnlus Blog

Why is Kito promoting disaster risk reduction programs?

In 2013, the well-known Typhoon Haiyan caused massive damage and casualties in nine regions of the Philippines, affecting almost 15 million people and displacing 4 million.
Furthermore, dozens of typhoons hit the Philippines every year and the intensity of destructive storms is still increasing, namely because of climate change.
According to Anthony Spalton, disaster risk reduction specialist at UNICEF “a major part of preparing for extreme weather events is community education. During Haiyan, many people died because they did not know what a storm surge was and stayed with their properties.”
In case of emergency, when natural disasters hit, people might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some days, weeks or even months.
Kito Onlus, with its programs wants to increase preparedness among the Filipino community, where it is currently working.
Kito is distributing “emergency kits” for personal hygiene, and it is educating number of women concerning prevention and preparedness. Children are involved as well, getting ready to behave adequately in case of emergency.
For Kito Onlus, it is essential to act to “prevent a future where super typhoons become a way of life“, as recommended by Yeb Sano, the UN’s representative of Philippines.