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

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How have we helped?

Two years since Typhoon Haiyan struck, World Vision has seen survivors turn their personal grief into collective strength and unity and turn their losses into leadership and ownership of their own recovery.

- Josaias De La Cruz - World Vision Philippines National Director

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in November 2013, significant progress has been made.

We’ve helped more than 1.6 million people -  half a million of those are children.

Homes have been rebuilt and communities have made preparations for future disasters. Normality is returning.


The first 72 hours of an emergency are critical to meet the urgent, immediate needs of affected families. We were on the ground with life-saving essentials shortly after the typhoon struck. In the relief phase we provided immediate, urgently needed relief in 48 municipalities across seven provinces. The donations we received funded emergency food, hygiene kits and shelter kits for 789,816 people.


From March 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.


In January 2015 our work shifted towards rehabilitation. So far in the rehabilitation phase, we have reached 84,727  people. We concentrated 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.
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As part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) we received further funding from the generous UK public.

Using these donations, we have helped over 470,000 people from Panay and Leyte zone in the following ways:

Losing the family home is a huge personaldisaster. Without it, families are vulnerable, insecure and less able to deal with other hardships such as injury or loss of income. We helped over 10,000 people with shelter support.

Health: We helped improve living conditions and access to basic services for thousands of families through the rehabilitation of one of Barangay's Health Stations. We also supplied this health centre with prenatal beds, medical equipment and medicines, including tablets for de-worming and micronutrient supplements.

Education: A total of 53 classrooms have been repaired in five schools allowing 2,295 students to go back to school.

Livelihoods: Some 5.9 million people had their livelihoods ruined or disrupted. When the typhoon destroyed 33 million coconut trees, the coconut product industry was hit hard. A coconut tree takes about eight years to grow from a seedling to bear fruit, so communities needed alternative jobs and industries to make a living and begin to recover. We’ve helped 1,577 typhoon-affected families and communities to earn a living again. 455 families received rice and vegetable seeds and fertiliser kits, 225 were provided with piglets, 151 with 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 for alternative work 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. Cash for Work (CfW) schemes have also greatly helped communities as 4,256 people took part in 82 CfW activities (including community clean-up, gardening and repairing community facilities). These schemes provide families with an income at the same time a helping the whole community to recover and move forward.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): We’ve helped restore 32 water systems for 16,000 people. To ensure that children have access to clean water in schools, an elevated tank structure was developed with a 5,000 litre water tank to guarantee steady water flow. Six water management committees have been organised with 125 people trained to manage and maintain the water systems. We’ve also constructed 141 latrines and distributed 2,389 latrines repair kits.

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): The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, experiencing earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, as well as human-made conflict. Disasters can easily set a country back for years and wash away recovery and development efforts in an instant. Investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR) is as important as, if not more than investing in recovery efforts. We’re working with communities to identify vulnerabilities in their areas and provide training and equipment for future disasters (including bulletin boards and  hazard and evacuation maps). We’ve also planted 20,000 mangroves in coastal areas. These provide natural protection in coastal areas against strong winds, reduce the future flood risk and are breeding grounds for marine life.

Typhoon Haiyan response 2 year report

Please see our latest report which details those achievements.

What next?

World Vision is one of the few remaining NGOs in Leyte (one of the worst-affected areas). We’re committed until the end of 2016.

Note from Dineen Tupa our Typhoon Haiyan Response Director:

“Tacloban’s (in Leyte) hardest-hit areas still have the majority of residents struggling to meet daily needs and living in substandard housing, making them vulnerable to the impact of future storms, and the Philippines experiences more than 20 typhoons each season. While our response spanned much farther than Tacloban City – across affected areas in Leyte, Cebu and Panay– the majority of people no longer need our assistance. This has led to the  appropriate transition out of our response offices in Cebu, Panay and Ormoc, leaving only the East Leyte office to run the remaining programmes in the communities that need them.

As we look to the final year of this response, our aim is to continue to help those who most need it in Tacloban City- widely recognised as the area most severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan – and work with them to provide safer environments for their children to live, play and learn.”

We’re focusing our future activities on livelihood support and diversification, as well as providing durable shelter and resilient housing for vulnerable families. All these projects are designed to assist families and communities to be better protected against the impacts of future disasters, which are inevitable in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.


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.

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