Help Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines

Feb 19, 2014

Rebuilding for Baby Yolee

You've given Hazel and her family a reason to hope

I want to share with you a miraculous story of survival. 

Just hours before Typhoon Haiyan crashed into tiny Kinatarcan Island in the Philippines, 24-year-old Hazel was giving birth at the local health center. When the storm descended she knew they were in danger. She bravely forced herself from her hospital bed and ran with her newborn in her arms. 

She found shelter in a house, but winds ripped the roof off as she huddled in a corner, clutching her baby. At times, she was certain they wouldn’t survive. After the storm, her husband and their 3-year-old daughter were overcome with relief when they found Hazel and the baby alive.

But the health center, their neighbors' homes, and their own home were devastated beyond recognition. Hazel remembers "when we saw it, we cried and cried.” Before the storm, her husband was a fisherman, like most people on the island. Now, even that little income is gone — because the boats were destroyed. With nowhere to go and no income, so many families, including Hazel's, were forced to live among the rubble. 

But your compassionate support is lifting the spirits and improving the lives of thousands of survivors. 

When Mercy Corps teams responded with lifesaving food packages and basic relief supplies, it was the first hopeful moment that Hazel had experienced in a long time. She said “my baby is very precious and this helps my baby” — nicknamed Baby Yolee after the storm (known locally as "Yolanda").  

Your generosity is helping us scale up long-term recovery efforts. You're giving families clean water and food. You're helping families build safer shelters and return to work. And you're giving kids a place to play safely and heal. 

There is still so much work to do and so many other families in need of urgent help. You can help more mothers, fathers, and children recover by sending your generous gift through our GlobalGiving Philippines page hereThank you for changing the lives of so many resilient survivors. 
Thank you for helping communities recover
Thank you for helping communities recover
Because of you, families can build safer shelters
Because of you, families can build safer shelters



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Mercy Corps

Portland, OR, United States

Project Leader

Carlene Deits

Portland, OR United States

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