Tent village – Typhoon Bopha damaged 216,000 homes as it tore through Mindanao in the Philippines in December. Ninety families live in this tent city.
Poor conditions – The site lacks electricity, running water and sanitation and local residents must collect water from a spring in the hillside.
Seeking shelter – Lydia Inungam, 38, lives with her family in a tent after recently giving birth to her seventh child. Her village of wood and bamboo huts was flattened by the typhoon.
Relief packages – Volunteers help distribute food and non food relief items to affected families.
Repair kits needed – Rodrigo Palaga, 63, says he needs plywood and tools to fix up his battered home. So far, only 20% of families have received any help to carry out emergency repairs on their homes.
Rebuilding the community – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is one of the few agencies committed to providing tools, materials and technical training to families repairing their homes.
Muted response – Compared with other natural disasters of a similar scale, the donor response to Bopha has been muted despite the Philippine government's appeal for international assistance.
Less deserving? – Even though it ranks as one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia, the Philippines is widely perceived by donors as a middle-income country, less deserving of humanitarian assistance than some of its neighbors.
Poor region – Mindanao is one of the poorest regions of the country. Development has lagged behind other regions, hindered in part by various long running insurgencies.
Recruiters come – Recruiters have begun to appear in some hard-hit villages, targeting women to work as domestic help in the Middle East. Having lost much of their source of income as well as their major family asset -- their house -- many are prepared to leave behind their children to support their families from afar.