Philippines Typhoon Haiyan update

November 8, 2013 is a day that Filipinos will never forget – the day that the strongest typhoon to make landfall hit the Philippines.

Leaving behind unimaginable devastation, Typhoon Haiyan brought damage and loss, claiming close to 7,000 lives and leaving 14.1 million people affected, more than 5.9 million of them children. The devastation made it difficult to get to many communities. Assessing need and delivering aid were challenges, but World Vision was there on the ground straightaway providing urgently needed relief and support.


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As one community declared, 'Together, we are stronger than Haiyan,' be encouraged that we are working together with communities to experience life in all its fullness, empowering typhoon-affected communities to be more resilient and prepared for disasters yet to come.

- Josaias De La Cruz - World Vision Philippines National Director

Typhoon Haiyan in pictures

How is World Vision helping?

World Vision has reached more than 1,005,000 people in the relief and recovery phases. Of this number, around 473,000 were children.

In the first few months after the Typhoon hit we provided immediate relief. The donations we received funded emergency food, hygiene kits and emergency shelter kits for 789,816 people.

From February 2014, we began projects to help communities to recover. Your donations have helped us to reach some 321,403 people through projects such as cash-for-work, assistance for livelihoods, learning kits for students and teachers, and crucial temporary shelter kits and shelter assistance.

On the first anniversary of the typhoon, World Vision UK’s Emergency Programme Support Officer, Anna Zuegner, visited some of the worst hit areas. Read her blog »

In January 2015 our work started to focus more on rehabilitation. So far in the rehabilitation phase, we have reached 84,727 people. World Vision is concentrating on livelihoods (enabling people to earn a living again through providing skills training or equipment) and disaster risk reduction, or DRR, (helping communities to create coping and survival strategies in case of future disasters). Our work will protect and build on successes, increasing the resilience of affected communities and families. Read more about World Vision's resilience work »

As part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) we received further funding from the generous UK public. Using these donations, we have helped children and communities in the following ways:

Shelter: 2,545 families received shelter support.

Health: Repaired and rehabilitated the Barangay Health Station in Gogo, Estancia benefiting 3,095 people. We also supplied this health centre with prenatal beds, medical equipment, medicines, including tablets for de-worming and micronutrient supplements.

Education: Sixteen classrooms in Paon Elementary School in Estancia, Iloilo were repaired and 815 students went back to school. In addition, two classrooms in Balite Elementary School, Willaba were repaired which helped 334 pupils go back to school. We have also repaired Villaba National High School in Leyte.

Livelihoods: 1,577 typhoon-affected families and communities have been helped to earn a living again. 455 families received rice, vegetable and fertilizer kits, 225 were provided with piglets, 151 with broiler and native chickens and 111 with ducks. A further 185 families were given replacements for lost fishing equipment and 450 received start up capital, business kits and training in alternative livelihoods  including masonry, welding, therapeutic massage, hairdressing, cosmetology and electrical maintenance. In addition, 27 Community Managed Savings and Credit Associations (CoMSCAs) have been set up and 650 people were trained on how to manage savings.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): 32 water systems have been restored for 16,000 people, including 2,300 students. In the schools, an elevated tank structure has been developed to ensure steady water flow.

Communication: World Vision partnered with PECOJON (The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network of the Philippines) through Radyo Abante Multimedia Network. 223,380 listeners have heard messages about recovery projects and activities that could help them. This is a two-way process with listeners also texting in questions and requests for help. The text messages help us to be accountable to the people we serve.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): World Vision is working with communities to identify vulnerabilities in their areas and provide equipment for future disasters. We have also planted 20,000 mangroves in coastal areas, to reduce the future flood risk.

Almost back to normal

Watch a World Vision Philippines video showing how your money has assisted surviving communities in Aklan and Iloilo (some of the worst hit areas) on their journey to recovery.

Typhoon Haiyain response 18-month report

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Stories and blogs

Restoring pride to Tacloban

Saturday 07, Nov, 2015

Two years since Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, Chris Weeks returns to see how Tacloban, a city that bore the brunt of the destruction, was faring as it continues to recover. He found countless painful memories, streets where every household had lost a family member, but also a fresh sense of hope…

The Communicator as Humanitarian

Monday 17, Aug, 2015

In her time at World Vision, Cecil Laguardia has worked in some of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. Here, she reflects on the unique requirements of her job and how she draws inspiration from the people she works with.

Building hope

Thursday 16, Jul, 2015

It’s just two years since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the deadliest typhoons ever recorded, slammed into Leyte province in the Philippines. Now in the rebuilding process, we spoke to some of the families benefiting from World Vision's help - where ensuring houses that withstand future disasters is a huge priority.


Our prayer begins with a broken heart. After Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, every one of us at World Vision were heartbroken by what we saw and heard from our colleagues in the Philippines. But when hearts are broken we know that we can look to God for hope and healing.

Thank you for taking time to come and pray with us for those who have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Together we pray for the Philippines, and as we pray we remember Jesus's words.

"If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 21:22)

We have a dedicated prayer page - which includes a prayer video and prayer points - where you can take some time and space to pray for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Pray for the Philippines »

Thank you

You helped us raise over £1,220,000 for the Phlippines Typhoon Appeal.

We still need more to enable us to be better prepared when new emergencies strike, so we can save more lives of children in the world’s hardest places.

Please give now to help us save lives and provide immediate care »