Postcard from the Field: Household Handover in Micronesia

By Climatelinks

Typhoon Maysak crossed Chuuk and Yap States in Micronesia between March 29 and April 1, 2015, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. As USAID’s implementing partner under the Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response project, the International Organization for Migration mobilized to implement USAID’s Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project (TMRP).

The initiative was designed to help Maysak-affected communities rebuild following the devastating storm, and to help restore critical public infrastructure and utilities. For both new homes and public infrastructure facilities, IOM worked to design buildings that would be able to withstand another storm and maintain traditional design elements whenever possible. IOM also trained local community members in sustainable construction techniques.

In this photo, H.E. Robert A. Riley III, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Federated States of Micronesia, presents a local beneficiary with a newly reconstructed home on an outer island of Chuuk.

Postcards from the field features submissions to the Climatelinks photo gallery. This photo was submitted to the “Reducing risks from extreme weather and shocks” category of the 2019 Climatelinks photo contest. The Climatelinks community is encouraged to submit new photos to the gallery through this submission form.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Infrastructure, Resilience, Weather



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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