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.

Daniella's story

Watch nine-year-old Daniella describe the important recovery work that's helped the people of the Philippines get back on their feet:

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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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It’s amazing what 3 years of building resilience has done to help children recover from the scars of typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan in pictures

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.
Read more about World Vision's resilience work »

Typhoon Haiyan response 2 year report

Please see our latest report which details those achievements.


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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