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 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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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.
Philippines: Meet our Typhoon Haiyan emergency response team November 12, 2013
Experts in water, sanitation, logistics and distributions are working to ensure lifesaving supplies get to survivors in the Philippines in these critical early days.
Philippines: First photos from Super Typhoon Haiyan November 10, 2013
These images are the first glimpse of what survivors are facing. The full impact of the storm's devastation is still unclear, but here is what we know so far.
Philippines: Launching emergency response to reach survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan November 10, 2013
Mercy Corps is deploying teams to the Philippines to help meet immediate needs for water, sanitation, shelter and food in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Monitoring needs after historic Typhoon Haiyan November 8, 2013
Our staff in Manila and in the region stand prepared to respond as more information emerges from the Philippines and needs become clearer.
Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan approaches the Philippines November 7, 2013
Mercy Corps teams are prepared to respond as one of the most powerful storms in recent history approaches the vulnerable island nation.
Philippines: Forging ahead on the digital frontier March 3, 2011
In late February I attended the Mobile World Congress, the mobile telecommunication industry’s annual conference — a mass of more than 60,000 people from all over the world, descending upon one small corner of Barcelona to talk all things mobile.