Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines over two months ago, causing widespread damage and destruction across the archipelago nation. The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has reported that as of January 13th, 2014:
- 6,190 individuals reported dead, 28,626 injured, and 1,785 missing
- 16,078,181 people affected and 4,095,280 displaced
- 1,140,332 houses damaged
Charities continue to focus on meeting the emergency needs of the survivors by providing clean water, food rations, temporary shelter, and medical care. Many are now beginning the recovery and reconstruction phase, helping the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their lives and homes. One of the main challenges for affected communities is the impact of the typhoon on their jobs and livelihoods. Charities are working with local markets to restore their capacities and stimulate sustained economic growth. Recovery efforts include providing fishing boats and farm tools to affected coastal and agricultural communities, giving cash grants to small businesses, building permanent medical facilities, and clearing wreckage from irrigation channels and farmlands.
Charities are also working toward reducing disaster risks in the Philippines by implementing disaster preparedness programs. The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, experiencing an average of twenty typhoons per year. In addition, because of its high incidence of poverty (approximately two out of every five people earn less than $2 per day), a large portion of the population is more likely to be hard-hit when a natural disaster strikes. Disaster preparedness programs in poor regions can save lives and prevent families from falling into deeper poverty during future disasters.
The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan has fallen out of the media’s spotlight, but the massive relief effort will take years to complete. Charities have played a significant role in keeping families alive in the days immediately following the typhoon, but continue to seek financial support to rebuild the affected communities. We encourage donors interested in supporting those affected to visit our list of charities assisting with Typhoon Haiyan relief. Donors should visit the website and/or contact the charity directly to find out more about what type of aid the charity is providing. Charity Navigator also maintains a list of 4-star charities that work in the Philippines on our Interactive World Map.