World Vision Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Response

Sep 9, 2014

FAST FACTS: The Recovery Phase, 8 Months On

 World Vision’s ongoing recovery efforts enable households to rebuild, ensuring safe and protected living conditions, re-establish livelihoods, assure food security, restore community infrastructure, and importantly empower children through health and nutrition, education and protection programmes.

During the recovery phase, World Vision is helping 14,000 households through an integrated, multi-sector approach to support household-level need in Shelter, WASH, Livelihoods, community level needs in Education, WASH and other infrastructure. For the emergency phase, World Vision was able to respond to the needs of more than 713,000 people while in the ongoing recovery phase, over 24,700 people have been assisted.


World Vision is working closely with local government units and communities in the repair and rebuilding of safe houses for 14,000 typhoon-affected families. These families are provided with tools and building materials, as well as technical assistance through the Build-Back-Better workshops where they learn carpentry, masonry and roofing skills to assist them in rebuilding their own homes, as well as techniques on building more disaster-resilient houses.

The workshops are open to all people in the target communities, even non-beneficiaries. A total of 9,730 people have attended the workshops in 60 barangays (villages) across Leyte, Panay and North Cebu provinces. For those unable to undertake reconstruction work themselves, like the elderly or the specially-abled, World Vision assisted them and provide them full packages of shelter support, including materials and the services of trained carpenters, to ensure them safe and secure transitional housing.


World Vision helps families support themselves through a series of livelihood projects, to assist families restore their existing livelihoods, and consider alternative livelihoods where there is demand. We help farmers by providing them with seeds, equipment and skills training to how to grow new crops that can both become sources of income and improve household food security.

Fishing communities are being assisted with the replacement of lost fishing equipment. We are equipping people with skills training to enable them find new job opportunities. A memorandum of agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was signed for the Skills Training Program (Train to Build-Back-Better) aimed to enhance the capacity workers in carpentry and other livelihood skills. To date, 89 build-back-better workshops with 9,730 individuals and shelter materials and toolkits distribution to 3,369 families or 16,845 beneficiaries are expected to ensure that families are able to repair/reconstruct their shelter using quality materials in preparation for the typhoon season.

To support local economy and boost community projects, 155 Cash for Work (CFW) projects were completed benefitting 6,514 individuals who worked on clearing debris, as well as community and school clean-ups, among other activities.


With children back at school, World Vision assist children and their teachers develop a stable and stimulating learning environment. At damaged schools, we provided temporary classrooms, while at the same time assisting with the reconstruction of school buildings. An agreement was forged with the Department of Education (DepEd) for World Vision to help build the capacity of teachers and parents-teachers associations (PTAs) on disaster risk reduction (DRR), sanitation and hygiene and child protection.

A total of 4,774 learner’s kits were provided for school children while 299 teacher’s kits were distributed to replace learning materials damaged by the disaster. Fifty-nine child-friendly spaces (CFS) were turned-over to local government and school authorities benefitting nearly 22,000 children. To support the need for disaster preparedness in day care centers and schools, 51 volunteers were trained while back-to-school advocacy campaigns were conducted in 51 elementary schools.


World Vision is helping improve community access to safe water sources and appropriate sanitation facilities through the repair of water systems, construction of sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion in schools and communities in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs). The repair of water systems ensure families’ access to clean water, and the repair and rehabilitation of household and community sanitation facilities, such as toilets, school washrooms and hand-washing facilities, and community sewerage systems, help to reduce the spread of disease and protect the health of all community members, including children.

Community education programs teach children and their families about the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation. An estimated 53,755 families were assisted with various water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives during the first 6 months. An additional 17,777 hygiene kits were provided to students in 63 elementary schools and day care centers.


World Vision works with children and their families to promote better health, monitor child nutrition and immunization, and rebuild health services. Twenty health centers were assisted with repair and reconstruction, and replacement of damaged medical equipment. To date, three obstetric/maternal care equipment, 22 anthropometric tools/medical supplies and 367 IEC materials were distributed. A total of 179 individuals were trained on Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) and 260 micronutrient supplies were distributed to the rural health units.

World Vision has turned over 14 Women and Young Children’s Spaces (WAYCS) to local government and health authorities and has trained community facilitators to continue the program in their own villages. A total of 1,740 lactating and pregnant women and 2,318 under-5 children benefitted from WAYCS activities that included trainings on disaster preparedness and the value of breastfeeding during emergencies.


World Vision works with local governments to help strengthen their capacity in disaster management, governance and development planning. This is also part of the agreed capacity building initiatives with TESDA and DepEd for teachers, parents and local government officials and staff. It continues to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens to be part of decision making, encourage community risk identification mapping, and strengthen community disaster preparedness planning.

Jun 6, 2014

Philippines Response Update May 2014

In the six months since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Central Philippines, World Vision, with the support of donors from around the world, has delivered emergency assistance to more than 700,000 people, providing items such as food, shelter materials, kitchen and hygiene kits, blankets, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats. These were distributed in 533 villages across the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Cebu, Capiz, Iloilo, Leyte, and Samar.

 Recovery activities include reestablishing livelihoods, rebuilding homes, and building resiliency to help mitigate the effects of future disasters. With a long history and established presence in the Philippines, World Vision is committed to continuing work through the recovery and beyond, and partnering with community members on multisectoral projects that transform communities and improve the lives of children.

World Vision Response Director Andrew Rosauer, impressed with the Filipinos’ rise from the destruction, said, “The communities have been very active in leading their own recovery, and we are amazed at the pace they are progressing. We are confident that more sustainable recovery outcomes can be accomplished in the coming months with the help of donors, sponsors, local government agencies, and the affected communities.”

 “I’m happy we received tarpaulins,” said Jennifer Ojales, 30, a community member in Old Kawayan, a coastal community that is part of Tacloban, on Leyte Island in the Philippines. “We will use this as a temporary roof because the tin sheets were blown away by the wind.”

“I’m willing to do any work for my family,” said her husband, Leonel, 29. “The situation is tough, but I need to be resourceful and strong for them.” Leonel had been a tricycle (motorcycle and sidecar) driver in Tacloban City, but the rented tricycle was destroyed during the storm.

Beneficiaries Reached - 142,630 families, 713,150 people

Food - 82,133 families

Rice distributed 5,901 tons

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Access and Interventions - 53,755 families

Household and Other Nonfood Items - 55,454 items

Emergency Shelter Kits -17,796 families

Child-Friendly Spaces – 59 spaces, benefiting 21,813 children

Women, Adolescent, and Young Child Spaces – 14 spaces, benefiting 2,318 children younger than 5 and

1,740 pregnant or nursing women

Geographical Reach – 533 villages, 7 provinces, 48 municipalities

Mothers learning about nutrition at WV center
Mothers learning about nutrition at WV center
Replanting coconut trees in work project, Leyte
Replanting coconut trees in work project, Leyte
Mar 17, 2014

Hope and progress four months later

Temporary school
Temporary school

In the four months since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, World Vision has seen strong signs of hope and progress as we continue to help families recover and begin to rebuild their lives.

The typhoon — one of the strongest in recorded history — affected more than 14 million people. Children like 8-year-old Harvy saw their homes damaged or destroyed. "The wind was strong," he says. "The roof [was] blown away."

World Vision responded immediately, providing life-sustaining assistance to more than 680,000 people over the first 90 days. Harvy and his family were among those who received relief packs with food items, hygiene kits, and other essentials.

World Vision also established Child-Friendly Spaces to give children like Harvy a safe place to learn, play, and begin working through the stress of the disaster. The art he creates at the Child-Friendly Space helps Harvy express his emotions and gives him the chance to do something he enjoys. "Drawing helps me feel good," he says.

World Vision is encouraged to see children recovering and families beginning to rebuild. But the road ahead is a long one. That's why we're committed to partnering with families in the Philippines for years to come.

"We're now working toward helping families get back on their feet for the longer term," says World Vision's Haiyan response manager, Mike Weickert. That work includes equipping families with income-generating skills, helping them rebuild their homes, and repairing schools and health clinics.

World Vision Shelter Kit, 1 of 13,605 distributed
World Vision Shelter Kit, 1 of 13,605 distributed
Distribution of kitchen sets
Distribution of kitchen sets
Harvy expresses his emotions through art
Harvy expresses his emotions through art


Dec 30, 2013

Aid done right

The promise of food makes for happy children
The promise of food makes for happy children

The tarpaulins come from Great Britain, the mosquito net from a neighboring island in the Philippines. Aid recipients load them onto covered motorcycle or wooden pushcarts to take them home. They pile on bags of beans, rice, and canned fish, jugs of drinking water, cooking pots, and soap — 165 pounds of goods.

By Dec. 20, World Vision had distributed relief items to provide assistance to nearly 250,000 people.

Leonel Ojales’s home in Old Kawayan, near Tacloban, was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8. Since then his family of five has cooked, eaten, and slept under the roof of their tiny kitchen.

The shelter kit, hygiene kits, food and non-food personal and household items received from World Vision will give his family enough stability for him to pursue work, he says. The tricycle he drove was destroyed in the storm and the local fishing industry isn’t operating. Leonel may have to go away from home to find work to support his family.

“To have impact in communities, we have to give everything we have,” says Adonis Casinillo, a manager for World Vision’s distribution in Tacloban. Don-don keeps up with a constant flow of trucks and goods going in and out of the Tacloban warehouse on their way to communities in Leyte and Samar provinces.  

Orchestrating aid delivery

As a relief provider, World Vision acts like an orchestra conductor, coordinating the actions of many players.

There’s logistics, harmonizing schedules of suppliers, vehicles and transport, warehouse staff, and volunteers who repack materials bought in bulk into kits. And there’s the human side: local governments provide lists of affected families, community leaders and volunteers help staff validate the lists and notify families about the distribution.

“We ask the community to help to verify names on our list of beneficiaries, to make sure no one is left off or duplicated,” says World Vision’s Lisa Branal, member of an advance team that located distribution sites in Ormoc.

Discrepancies often have to be sorted out at the distribution site, so it’s important for relief providers to have strong relations and good communication with local volunteers and community leaders.
At the Old Kawalan distribution, one family was listed twice, but in different members’ names. Two other families weren’t on the list, because they had left temporarily. Nelie Consebit, a World Vision monitoring and evaluation specialist ran a help desk during the distribution. She says, “It took a little work with the families and volunteers to straighten it out,” but in the end everyone was satisfied that the aid was provided fairly.
Luz Mendoza, response manager for Leyte and Samar, says sharing information with communities has helped to improve distributions. “In Ormoc (Leyte), people came very early, before goods arrived, so we had an orientation. When we told people what was in the kits, they clapped.”

“There was a lot of chatting after that,” she says, “and some people started walking away. ‘We’re going home to get more sacks,’ they said, ‘so all these things will be easier to carry.’”

'Random' distributions create dependency

Contrast a well-planned aid distribution with a “random” distribution, in which private citizens or civic groups load sacks of rice or other goods into their vehicles and distribute them along the roadsides where families are in need. As time goes by, these spontaneous distributions become expected. 

“People get conditioned to it, so that when a truck stops they expect to get something. They swarm the vehicle to get there first,” says Vince Mirioti, a World Vision logistics and security expert.

He says informal distributions don’t encourage sharing and recovery; instead they make recipients more dependent and competitive for aid. They can be dangerous, too, especially for children who rush into traffic to catch items tossed to them.

 Photo #1 : The promise of food makes for happy children at a World Vision food distribution to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. World Vision completed a well-organized and calm distribution of food and hygiene kits in northern Cebu, benefiting 780 families, nearly 4,000 people in mid-November.

 Photo #2 : With a long walk ahead of them through a mountainous area, the Formilo family carries relief goods they received at a World Vision distribution in Bingawan, Iloilo state, Philippines.

A long walk ahead
A long walk ahead
Merry Christmas & thank you!
Merry Christmas & thank you!
Nov 26, 2013

After Haiyan, a place where kids can be kids

World Vision launched its first Child-Friendly Spaces for Typhoon Haiyan survivors Nov. 20 in Tabugon, northern Cebu. At least 400 children played and took part in activities in tent spaces set up on the grounds of the Somosa Elementary School, which was badly damaged by the storm that hit the central Philippines Nov. 8. Teachers from Somosa Elementary School greeted their students at the Child-Friendly Space. World Vision trained the teachers to help students cope with the typhoon’s aftermath. 

“Some children have literally nothing left but the clothes on their back, and they are living in a devastated landscape which was once their home. Everything around them, including their safety network, disappeared when the typhoon hit," said Dr. Yvonne Duque, a health expert for World Vision in the Philippines. “Our immediate priority was to deliver food and water to families, and thousands of people have now received this. Now we need to urgently address children’s emotional needs, as well as ensure they’re protected. This is to provide safe areas to continue to provide some kind of normality amid this chaos.”

Janet Vera Cruz, 33, and Jehan, 3, attend the Child-Friendly Space for women and children held by World Vision. Jehan's birthday was the day of the typhoon. "Not only did World Vision give out food, but they gave us this place (Child-Friendly Space). It's very nice! Lots of kids enjoying it. I'm so thankful. Even though we've been through Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan), we're starting to recover," Janet says. 



In the coming weeks, World Vision intends to set up about 40 Child-Friendly Spaces in the hardest hit communities throughout central Philippines.


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