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Surviving Typhoon Haiyan: “Now, our priorities are to find shelter, food, and water.”

“This has always been our land,” says Geronima Merales, a 60-year-old resident of Tanawan, a village a few miles south of Tacloban. Geronima has lived in Tanawan her entire life, but last week, she lost the only home she’d ever known to severe floods caused by Typhoon Haiyan. And she was not the only one affected—the typhoon tore through Tanawan, destroying the homes of 3,500 villagers. 

One Week After Typhoon Haiyan, Racing to Restore Water Systems, Prevent Disease

One week ago, Typhoon Haiyan—the deadliest typhoon to ever make landfall—struck the Philippines, leaving a massive humanitarian disaster in its wake: it is now estimated that nearly thirteen million people have been affected across nine regions, four million of whom have lost their homes.

Keep Your Canned Goods, Cash is King: How Best to Support Emergency Relief Efforts Abroad

One of the few positives to come out of catastrophic events like Typhoon Haiyan is the reassuring outpouring of support from every corner of the world.

But how that support gets translated into action matters, as the wrong kind of help can adversely affect relief efforts, squander resources, and even hamper rescue efforts on the ground.

Surviving Typhoon Haiyan: “I Knew I Had to Hold On a Little More.”

“All the houses that stood around mine were destroyed, but mine somehow stayed standing,” says Vita Landeline Garrido, a 63 year-old resident of Tacloban. 

Typhoon Haiyan: The View From The Ground

1. Above, a mother and daughter who evacuated their homes due to Typhoon Haiyan. They've relocated near the Tacloban airport.

Tacloban, Philippines. Courtesy Daniel Burgui

2. A woman walks part of the national highway that links the Tacloban airport with the city center.

“They Need Urgent Help”: Nearly Twelve Million People Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

In the Philippines, the already staggering number of people impacted by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan keeps growing: across the country, some 11.8 million people have been affected, nearly one million of whom have been displaced from their homes.

On the Ground in the Philippines: “The Situation is Terrible.”

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Action Against Hunger’s teams have been working tirelessly to provide aid to vulnerable areas. Yesterday, we deployed an emergency response team from Manila to receive the second cargo plane carrying 21 tons of water and sanitation equipment and food rations into Tacloban. These emergency supplies are desperately needed: this devastating storm has left more than 11 million people without food, water, or shelter.

A Father's Fight to Feed His Children

Editor's Note: This piece is the second in a series leading up to World Food Day on October 16th. We're proud to be highlighting some of our nutrition success stories from West Pokot, Kenya, and wish to extend our gratitude to partners UNICEF and ECHO (The European Community Humanitarian Office) for supporting these programs.

Thick smoke surrounds Joseph Ngolemwai as he digs his spade into the ground. With a deep grunt he heaves it back out and throws a pile of mud onto a mound of smoking firewood.

Bringing Baby Peter Back to Health

Editor's Note: This piece is the first in a series leading up to World Food Day on October 16th. We're proud to be highlighting some of our nutrition success stories from West Pokot, Kenya, and wish to extend our gratitude to partners UNICEF and ECHO (The European Community Humanitarian Office) for supporting these programs.

Baby Peter cannot sit still. Each time his mother, Mary, sits him down on her lap the two-year-old wriggles free and runs away giggling.

A Widening Smile: Baby Ilias' Story

Hasna, a mother in Kenya, faced a dilemma. Her young son Ilias was sick, very sick. He was not able to keep any nutrients in his little body, suffering from severe nausea, diarrhea, and fever. After she watched in anguish as he deteriorated for two straight days, Hasna was left with only one option—to travel nearly ten miles on foot with her baby to get him the care he so desperately needed.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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