Just over six months ago Typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines. Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders traveled recently to Leyte, home to Tacloban, to see how the recovery efforts are faring.
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Two hundred and fifty million children in the world cannot read according to the recently released Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All; 130 million of them are in primary school. If these children do not learn to read they will have fewer opportunities and struggle with learning for the rest of their lives.
We are now beginning our pivot to the early recovery stage and we will continue to focus on some critical areas. Transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units will be very important focus areas for us over the next three to 12 months.
In recent years coral reefs have increasingly come under threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution and disease. To tackle complex global issues such as this, USAID is tapping into the vast potential of the science and technology sector.