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Baby Tents: Providing a Safe Place to Help Children Heal After Typhoon Haiyan

In honor of Universal Children’s Day, we’re focusing on Action Against Hunger’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of children around the world. There is perhaps no better recent example of how we’re promoting children’s health than in the Philippines, where our teams are hard at work providing emergency assistance to displaced typhoon survivors—including thousands of vulnerable children.  

Surviving Typhoon Haiyan: "Things Are Starting to Get Better."

Condora Acosta, a resident of Tacloban, rocks her 20-month-old nephew, Lestor Yen, as she waits to receive a hygiene kit from Action Against Hunger’s emergency response teams. Condora is one of many survivors who sought refuge at her local church after Typhoon Haiyan devastated her community.

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.

Surviving Typhoon Haiyan: "I Needed to Find My Family a Safe Place."

“I was really scared,” says Sam Mutthar, a 56-year-old father from Tacloban. He was in Singapore when he got the news that the deadly Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines.

Finding his family

Scared for his wife and children, who were caught in the deadly storm, Sam returned to the Philippines as soon as he could. He describes his arduous journey home:  

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. 

“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.

Nine Million in Need of Aid in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Seventy-two hours after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, Action Against Hunger teams continue to deliver and scale up emergency humanitarian aid to affected populations. Our teams in Tacloban, Bohol and Masbate have identified the most vulnerable areas. It is estimated that some nine million people are currently in need of lifesaving assistance.

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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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