Provide lifesaving assistance and help survivors recover after devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Bring innovative financial products to low-income families once considered “unbankable.”
Super Typhoon Haiyan left a massive trail of devastation across the island nation on November 8, 2013. Thousands of people were killed and and 4 million are displaced. In all, 15 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.
Survivors need food, clean water, sanitation and temporary shelter. Children are struggling with traumatic memories and immense loss. The destruction of infrastructure and large-scale displacement caused by this storm means that families will need long-term assistance to recover.
- Emergency response: Reaching survivors of Typhoon Haiyan with lifesaving food, critical supplies and support to recover and rebuild.
- Economic opportunity: Expanding the capacity of local microfinance institutions and helping them reach previously unserved populations through new mobile technologies
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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.
Philippines: Delivering food and water to remote islands November 21, 2013
Mercy Corps' emergency response team is focused on reaching Typhoon Haiyan survivors on isolated islands that have yet to receive critical assistance.
Philippines: Displaced families seeking help in cities November 19, 2013
Millions were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. Mercy Corps' Emergency Team Leader shares what it's like for families in evacuation centers far from where their homes once stood.
Philippines: “Now, everything is gone” November 18, 2013
Twenty-year-old Michelle Elemento and her family are a few of the thousands with stories of tragic loss and worries about how to face the future after Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Emergency team leader discusses what's needed most November 16, 2013
Earlier this week, Mark Ferdig shared how the response team — now on the ground in Cebu — prepares to help survivors quickly.
Philippines: Quick facts: What you need to know about Super Typhoon Haiyan November 14, 2013
It's one of the worst disasters in recent history. See the map of Haiyan's impact in the Philippines — and the response to help survivors.