Coordination in action as shelter takes shape
In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, a university campus has been transformed into a transitional camp providing refuge for 98 families – a total of 445 people – whose homes were swept away by Typhoon Haiyan. IOM has been coordinating governmental, intergovernmental and NGO partners in Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) Tent City, formed by the local municipality after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provided 75 tents.
IOM, working alongside the French NGO SOS Attitude, drew out a camp lay-out and worked with the government and residents to align the tents and ensure they were in a safe formation. IOM then set out looking for partners, with the support of UNHCR, to handle water, sanitation, protection, health, and other services for the camp residents.
Within a week, IOM’s coordination efforts had paid off. Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) cut through downed power lines to allow a vehicle entrance point to the field. The municipality brought in sand to create a level road opening. IOM, Oxfam and MSF provided 20 latrines, whilst Oxfam is also providing trash containers, bathing and washing facilities and training on hygiene.
MSF gave IOM tents to use as cooking facilities, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assisted the municipality water department in providing a pipeline for camp residents. UNHCR is providing tents for administrative needs and child-friendly spaces, in co-ordination with Community and Family Services International (CFSI). Working with IOM and the government, CSFI, Oxfam and UNHCR will support the formation of camp committees and give training on water and sanitation, maintenance and protection in the coming days.
IOM continues to upgrade the camp daily, bringing in kitchen sets for the UK Department For International Development (DFID), solar lamps, and tarpaulins to reinforce the tents. The Department of Health conducted a vaccine campaign, and health NGO Medical Teams International visits regularly to ensure camp residents have quality care and support. Basketball hoops have also been installed by IOM and are proving highly popular.