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Habitat for Humanity Is Building More than 800 Homes for Philippine Typhoon Victims

In November, a massive typhoon displaced more than 16 million people and claimed more than 6,000 lives in the Philippines. As the areas hardest hit by the storm are still in the rebuilding process, the organization Habitat for Humanity has announced that they will build more than 852 homes there.

According to a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press study, compared to other international disasters, Americans have been much less engaged in Philippine recovery efforts despite the huge need: After the Haiti earthquake, 30 percent of those polled said that they were planning on making a contribution to relief efforts vs. 17 percent who said they would be donating to the Philippines. In an interview with The Huffington Post, a vice president of the organization Charity Navigator explained that, “Americans may have been preoccupied with other issues, including the Midwest tornadoes and the 2013 holiday season,” and have not given the typhoon the same kind of attention normally associated with such large disasters. A recent investigative piece from NBC News, showed that thousands are still in desperate need of basic items like food, water, shelter and clothing …

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