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Typhoon Haiyan

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Typhoon Haiyan left a massive trail of devastation across the Philippines in November 2013. Thousands were killed and four million people displaced. In all, more than 16 million were impacted by one of the strongest storms in recorded history.

Mercy Corps deployed our seasoned emergency responders to rush food and critical supplies to survivors on remote islands in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Working with partners, we also opened safe spaces for children and distributed tools to help families construct shelters and repair homes in those early weeks. But recovery is a long process — roads, buildings and entire villages were destroyed in just moments.

Our longer-term support included repairing water systems and providing emergency mobile cash assistance to help families buy food, rebuild homes and restart their businesses. That mobile banking system not only provided immediate support, but has expanded longer-term financial services to remote, low-income communities that were hardest hit by the storm, making them more resilient to any future disasters.

How you can help

Recovering after a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan takes time — and compassionate supporters like you. You can make a difference for families in the Philippines and around the world with a donation that sends emergency relief and provides long-term support for rebuilding a stronger future. Give now ▸

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