Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: How you helped

The strongest typhoon ever to hit land, Haiyan left total devastation in its wake. Save the Children was one of the first agencies on the ground delivering urgent aid to children and families. With your support, we’ve since helped more than 870,000 people.

Angeline, 11, holds her Save the Children kit, distributed on the small island of Bayas off Estancia, Panay Island (photo: Antony Butts/Save the Children).

Angeline, 11, holds her Save the Children kit.

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013 it killed 6,200 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Raging winds and powerful flood waters swept away buildings, uprooted trees, destroyed boats, and took away people’s livelihoods – all in the space of a few hours. More than 14 million people were affected.

Thanks to you, our teams we were able to swiftly reach families with  food and shelter. Two years later, we’re still there helping communities recover.  

How you’ve helped

Your response to our Typhoon Haiyan appeal was phenomenal. In total, you gave £3.7 million. This money has enabled us to reach 460,000 children with emergency care and supplies. We have:

  • delivered clean, safe water to 400,000 people and provided water treatment kits to 45,000
  • distributed 40,000 emergency shelter kits consisting of tools, materials and tarpaulins for families to temporarily fix their homes
  • built 7,500 latrines for households and schools, repaired water systems and promoted good hygiene
  • run mobile health clinics that carry out 40,000 consultations in some of the hardest to reach areas
  • set up 102 temporary learning spaces and repaired 203 classrooms in schools and day care centres.

We could never have achieved all this without your help. Thank you so much.

Gerald’s story

Gerald with his sister, Rhea, in the coastal community of Barangay San Jose, Philippines. (Photo: Save the Children.)
Photo: Save the Children.

Gerald and his sister Rhea lost everything when the typhoon destroyed their home. Thanks to you, we were able to help his family get back on their feet.

We provided emergency supplies, including tarpaulins, a toilet and a hygiene kit. And we gave them money for other essentials, such as food and clothing.

What we’re doing how

We’re committed to supporting children and families in the Philippines for three years.

Our teams are still helping families rebuild their homes and regain their livelihoods. And we're keeping vulnerable children safe.

We’re also working with communities so they’re prepared for future natural disasters.

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Last updated December 2015.