The Philippines, Rebuilding Six Months After Haiyan

After racing to provide emergency aid, our teams are now helping Filipinos regain their self-sufficiency
The future is looking brighter for these girls in Tacloban and thousands more like them. Photo: ACF-Philippines, D. Burgui
The future is looking brighter for these girls in Tacloban and thousands more like them. Photo: ACF-Philippines, D. Burgui

Six months ago, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, leaving an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in its wake—though the situation has greatly improved since November, 14 million people are still feeling the effects of the storm.

From emergency response to long-term recovery

Thanks to your support, Action Against Hunger’s teams have been on the ground since day one, delivering immediate lifesaving assistance to some 650,000 people over the past six months. Now, we’re working on long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation projects that will assist another 200,000 people, including:

  • Treating and preventing malnutrition: We’re providing care for at-risk children and mothers, distributing food rations, and strengthening the capacity of government agencies to fight malnutrition. 
  • Restoring livelihoods: We’re supporting local markets, and providing cash grants, transfers and vouchers so vulnerable families can buy what they need to recover.
  • Improving access to safe water and sanitation: We’re installing water tanks, rehabilitating sanitation networks, and training community members to maintain clean water points.

Helping Filipinos get back on their feet

These post-emergency phase projects are geared at helping typhoon-affected Filipinos regain their independence, so we’re working with government agencies and local partners to strengthen their ability to handle relief efforts. Eduardo de Francisco, the coordinator for our post-emergency response, explains our vision for long-term recovery in the Philippines:  

“An important part of this process is collaborating with local authorities and supporting local markets. We’re focusing on capacity building on all fronts: malnutrition treatment, small business support and training, counseling training for health workers, and community water and sanitation management.”
– Eduardo de Francisco, Coordinator, Post-Emergency Phase, Action Against Hunger, Philippines

Though we’ve made significant strides, there is still much to do; a full recovery may take years. We’re committed to helping vulnerable communities get back on their feet, and your continued support is helping us reach hundreds of thousands of people in need. Want to learn how? Read our progress report. Want a sneak peek? Here's a snapshot:

infographic: 6 months after Haiyan


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