Help survivors recover after devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Bring innovative financial products to low-income families once considered “unbankable.”
Typhoon Haiyan left a massive trail of devastation across the island nation on last November. Thousands of people were killed and and four million people displaced. In all, more than 16 million people have been affected by one of the strongest storms in recorded history.
The Philippines is hit by as many as 20 typhoons a year, but none has ever been as strong as Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). Nearly 30% of the country's population lives in poverty, with little or no resources to protect themselves and rebuild from a disaster of this magnitude.
The destruction of infrastructure and large-scale displacement caused by this storm means that families will need long-term assistance to recover.
- Emergency response: Rushed lifesaving food, critical supplies and support to isolated islands in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
- Recovery and rehabilitation: Providing mobile cash transfers to help families buy food and materials to rebuild.
- Water: Repairing damaged water sources and improving sanitation resources in remote villages and at schools and daycares.
- Economic opportunity: Helping local microfinance institutions reach previously unserved populations through new mobile technologies.
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Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi February 17, 2014
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money February 12, 2014
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking program is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Philippines: Mobile banking helps isolated families recover from Haiyan January 22, 2014
Our new mobile money program is speeding funds to typhoon-affected families, like the Franciscos, in remote regions of the Philippines.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope January 13, 2014
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Rebuilding for Baby Yolee December 26, 2013
Born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Baby Yolee survived in the safety of his mother's arms. But there is nothing left for the family to call home.
Philippines: Families begin to move forward after Typhoon Haiyan December 11, 2013
A month after natural disaster ravaged the Philippines, reconstruction kit distributions help families start to rebuild their homes — and their lives.
Philippines: Addressing children's needs during relief efforts December 5, 2013
New safe spaces give kids a place to play and find support while we help their parents rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Reflections on helping typhoon survivors in Tacloban December 4, 2013
Emergency Program Manager Dewi Hanifah traveled to Tacloban in the first days after Typhoon Haiyan. Read about her experiences delivering aid in the aftermath of the disaster.
Philippines: The most trusted woman on the island November 29, 2013
From survivor to leader — Sara Godon's determination to help her neighbors is an example of the resilience our teams are witnessing in the Philippines.
Philippines: Locally-sourced relief supplies help families start recovery November 26, 2013
Our logistics staff is working with Filipino suppliers to rush relief to survivors more quickly — and help the local economy bounce back.