Mother, Father, and infant

— Christian Aid/ACT

Situation Overview

Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It was the strongest storm recorded at landfall. Millions were displaced when their homes were destroyed or washed away, and more than 6,000 died from the storm. 

Our Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s mission partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is working with our ecumenical partners the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and ACT Alliance in providing a variety of assistance to survivors. Early efforts supported by PDA included providing immediate assistance of emergency food, plastic sheeting, water and sanitation repair, programs of cash for work, shelter assistance, and blankets for more than 200,000 persons.

Priorities are shifting towards the longer term challenges of helping to rebuild people’s lives, including permanent housing, schools, water and sanitation facilities, and the restoration of fishing and agricultural livelihoods.

Stories of Hope

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I can provide for my family

Thanks for the radio, we saved our lives. After we had heard the warning, we went to the evacuation center. I was afraid. Not for myself, but for all the children who were there. We have received food, clothes and a transitional house. I worked for two months as a cash-for-work carpenter, building temporary houses. Our new house is much better than the old and it is also flood-resistant. I do not need assistance any more. With my little fish net and my improvised boat, I can provide for my family.  Photo: Ulla Karki, ACT/FCA              

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