World Vision Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Response

by World Vision

Twelve months on, more than 1 million people have received humanitarian assistance, including 473,000 children, as part of World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan disaster response. In the immediate days and weeks after the disaster, World Vision staff delivered emergency assistance to 789,816 people, with items such as food, shelter materials, kitchen and hygiene kits, cash, blankets, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats. In the ensuing months, as work transitioned from the relief to recovery, 321,403 people received help rebuilding homes and livelihoods. 

As the Recovery Phase wound down, the focus shifted to sustainable rehabilitation efforts, which will last at least through December 2015. The Rehabilitation Phase will continue a strong focus on livelihood recovery activities—especially those that will help address needs in shelter, education, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Rehabilitation activities also will provide durable and resilient housing for vulnerable families that required resettlement from zones deemed by the government as too dangerous to occupy. 

World Vision is grateful for your compassionate partnership. Support from donors like you continues to have an enormous impact on thousands of people around the world, alleviating needless suffering and giving hope to children and their families who have been affected by tragedy. 

Thank you for joining us in the effort to demonstrate that survivors of this typhoon were not alone in their time of need!

Program Updates: One Year ON

  • More than 1,005,000 people have been reached to date, in the relief and recovery phases; of this total number, around 473,000 were children
  • More than 85,700 people have benefited from cash-for-work programmes
  • 57,390 people have benefited from temporary shelter kits
  • Almost 2,500 of the most vulnerable have new homes constructed – this is 3% of the total population of WV operational areas
  • 21,250 people have benefited from livelihoods, including livestock distribution, training for alternative livelihoods, business start-up toolkits and community savings groups
  • 47,500 people have benefited from hygiene promotion and community led sanitation initiatives
  • 59,000 people have benefited from health interventions, including: tools and medical supplies at local health facilities in the area of nutritional assessment; replacement equipment for obstetric and maternal care at health facilities, and extensive repair and reconstruction work to health centres and stations.
Rebuilding health center in Ormoc
Rebuilding health center in Ormoc


One year after Typhoon Haiyan — one of the strongest typhoons on record — hit the Philippines, World Vision has exceeded its targets and reached more than 1 million people with humanitarian assistance, including 473,000 children.

Nearly 2,500 new homes for vulnerable families

As part of World Vision’s response, almost 2,500 new homes have been constructed to rehouse the most vulnerable families.

Rosemarie, 37, held back tears when told that she would be among those to benefit from a brand-new house.

“I couldn’t believe what I heard,” she said.

The single mother of two has struggled to survive by washing laundry after her home and small shop were flattened in the storm.

Grandmother Erlinda was similarly overjoyed to step into a new home. “I am excited because I can provide a good place for my grandchildren,” she said.

Comprehensive response to restore livelihoods

In addition to shelter, World Vision’s relief response has included the supply of food, medical supplies, sanitation, hygiene kits, and assistance to restore livelihoods.

Cash-for-work programs have assisted more than 85,000 people, and more than 21,000 have benefited from ongoing livelihoods programs, which include:

  • Distribution of livestock
  • Skills training
  • Provision of business start-up toolkits
  • The establishment of community savings groups

At least 59,000 people have benefited from repair and reconstruction of health centers, provision of obstetric and maternal care facilities, and the provision of medical supplies.

Continued recovery efforts and preparing for the next disaster

World Vision response director Andrew Rosauer said that despite great progress, there is still much to be done. World Vision’s rehabilitation efforts are expected to continue for another two years, focusing on survivors who still need better shelter and jobs.

“There are still many challenges ahead as we work with the communities to restore livelihoods and increase resilience to prepare for the next disaster,” Rosauer said.

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,300 people and causing widespread devastation in some of the poorest parts of the country. At times, wind speeds exceeded 190 miles per hour.

More than 4 million people were displaced, and more than 1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.


December 8, 2015

World Vision providing aid in storm-tossed Philippines

The day after Typhoon Hagupit stormed through Tacloban City in the central Philippines, World Vision distributed hygiene kits and water to 2,000 families in three evacuation camps.

The storm first made landfall on nearby Samar Island late on December 6.

Jennifer MacCann, World Vision’s operations director for the typhoon response, says she expects the relief team to address urgent needs of families in shelters over the next few days.

“World Vision will focus on helping the most vulnerable families, who will likely stay in the camps for a week or so while they are fixing their houses again,” she says.

Fatima Luza, 54, a single mother, says she lost her house, which was barely rebuilt after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, along with the small roadside eatery she had started. “But I am still thankful that we were all safe,” she says.

World Vision expects to help 55,000 people affected by the storm, depending on reports to come from assessment teams.

 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.

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
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



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