Haiyan Philippines Typhoon: How you helped

Save the Children was one of the first humanitarian organisations on the ground after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. A year later we had reached over 820,000 children and adults with life-saving aid and support. None of this would have been possible without the incredible generosity of our supporters who donated £3.7 million to our appeal.   

How Save the Children has helped

Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. It left complete devastation in its wake, affecting over 14 million people. It killed people, swept away houses, uprooted trees, destroyed boats and took away people’s livelihoods in the space of a few hours.

It also devastated the health and education systems in the affected areas, destroying and damaging schools and hospitals. Haiyan ruined people’s lives and it is going to take a long time and a lot of work for the region to achieve full recovery.

So far we've helped over 820,000 people in total and aim to help over 1 million people, including more than 800,000 children in the next 3 years.

Highlights of our work include:

  • Reached over 400,000 people with clean water and helped them stay clean and healthy. For example by providing hand-washing facilities, building new toilets and clean water tanks
  • Distributed nearly 45,000 hygiene kits, including essentials items such as jerry cans, water purification tablets and treatment kits.
  • Constructed over 7,500 latrines for households and schools, repaired water systems and conducted hygiene promotion activities.
  • Helped more than 45,000 children through 75 'Child Friendly Spaces' - safe environments where children affected by the Typhoon could learn to be children again and prepare for future disasters.
  • Provided over 40,000 households with emergency shelter kits containing basic tools, materials and tarpaulin for families to temporarily fix their houses.
  • Distributed nearly 50,000 household kits, containing blankets, cooking pots and kitchen utensils.
  • Set up 102 temporary learning spaces and repaired 203 classrooms in schools and day care centres.
  • Given over 50,000 school bags to children, along with teacher tools, educational materials and recreational materials.
  • Trained and supported 1800 teachers to help children deal with their experiences and prepare for future disasters.
  • Our mobile health clinics have carried out 40,000 consultations in some of the hardest hit and hardest to reach areas.
  • Over 40,000 screenings of mothers and children for malnutrition
  • Reached over 30,000 children with supplementary feeding programmes to ensure their recovery.

To help us be ready for the next disaster or crisis please donate to or Emergency Fund