Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. It made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013, leaving a massive trail of devastation. More than 6,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless. Buildings and roads crumbled, fishing boats were wrecked, and groves of coconut trees were flattened, leaving many families unable to earn the incomes they depended on.

Emergency Situation in the Philippines

Right now Save the Children has teams ready to respond to Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) with emergency lifesaving aid. We always prepare for the worst but hope for the best and our obvious hope at this point is that the typhoon will have minimal impact on vulnerable children and families. Please follow us for updates as we track the storm and prepare our staff and beneficiaries for the impact of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby).

One year later, Save the Children has moved from providing emergency relief work to the recovery stage. We are supporting the rebuilding of homes and livelihoods of over 1 million people, among them over 826,000 children. Read the press release.


Are We There Yet? Children’s Views on Haiyan Recovery and the Road Ahead.
Read the 1-year report.


Save the Children Restoring Hope for Children and Families in the Philippines.
Read the 6-month report.

Child Survivor Stories

Child-Friendly Spaces

"Before Save the Children arrived, the children caught coughs and colds from the dirty environment."

Anna Mae's Story

"During the typhoon I was scared, because I felt like our house would collapse and we’d be buried alive."

Our Response Highlights

  • Established a shelter program that is enabling over 5,000 households to start building durable, storm-resistant homes.
  • Provided training and tools to over 600 carpenters, helping them rebuild their communities and their own livelihoods.
  • Reached more than 90,000 children, with water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
  • Distributed 49,000 hygiene kits, along with water jugs, water purification tablets and treatment kits.
  • Constructed over 1,100 latrines for households and schools, repaired water systems and conducted hygiene promotion activities.
  • Established 48 Child Friendly Spaces – More than 32,000 children have attended Child Friend Spaces since Haiyan struck.
  • Conducted support training with parents and caregivers, helping adults identify when a child may be in need of help and guidance – and what that should be.
  • Provided over 100 temporary learning spaces and repaired damaged schools.
  • Distributed over 7,000 school bags to children, along with thousands of teacher kits and recreational materials for educators.
  • Trained and supported teachers to help them work with children and enable them to deal with their experiences.
  • Trained and supported teachers to help them work with children and enable them to deal with their experiences.
  • Conducted over 40,000 consultations though our mobile health units in the most remote areas. We provided primary health services, along with counseling and education on reproductive health, breastfeeding and other issues.
  • We have screened 33,000 mothers and children for malnutrition and reached 14,000 children through our supplementary feeding program.
  • Providing hospitals with medical supplies, equipment and manpower.

In the News

New York Times
For Philippine Children, Return of Play Is a Sign of Hope (November 19, 2013)

Last Update December 2014

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