Save the Children to Distribute Critical Supplies in Philippines

Save the Children to Distribute Critical Supplies in Philippines

On Saturday, Save the Children will distribute desperately-needed supplies to families in Tacloban, one of the worst-affected areas in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Read more

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Save the Children aid flight being off loaded in Cebu, Philippines and heading for areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Save the Children.
Save the Children aid flight being off loaded in Cebu, Philippines and heading for areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Save the Children.

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 15, 2013) — On Saturday, Save the Children will distribute desperately-needed supplies to families in Tacloban, one of the worst-affected areas in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

Three trucks carrying household and family hygiene kits set off in convoy from Manila to reach Tacloban, and will benefit 5,000 people. Additional fuel, which has been in very short supply in the area, will also arrive and enable further distributions to take place over the coming days.

"Typhoon Haiyan overturned millions of lives when it hit the Philippines last Friday, causing destruction on a record-breaking scale, and shattering people's homes and livelihoods," said Save the Children's Humanitarian Relief Coordinator Michel Rooijackers. "The conditions in which families are living in right now are extremely difficult, and these items will provide some basic but essential relief."


Dada, 3, sits and waits with his family at Tacloban airport along with hundreds of other families who are trying to escape the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Dada sustained a head injury during the deadly storm. Photo by Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children.
Dada, 3, sits and waits with his family at Tacloban airport along with hundreds of other families who are trying to escape the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Dada sustained a head injury during the deadly storm. Photo by Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children.

Further distributions of this kind are planned over the coming days in Tacloban and in other hard-hit areas.

Save the Children staff were in Tacloban before the storm struck, and during the early hours of Nov. 8, assessed the needs of the most vulnerable people in the area. Many people have now taken refuge in makeshift evacuation centers. Careful assessments are carried out to ensure this help reaches vulnerable families in some of the city's worst-affected communities.

For many, it will mean they can finally leave the evacuation centers and start to rebuild their lives.

To help donate to Save the Children's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, click here.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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