Slideshow: Red Cross Helps Schoolchildren in the Philippines
Children are all smiles at Tanghas Elementary School, where the American Red Cross is installing hand water pumps, constructing new latrines, and repairing classrooms that were badly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Even though it was ravaged by high winds and fallen coconut trees, about 20 families used the school as an evacuation center and shelter after the storm.
Farmers by trade, many families lost their homes and main source of income when the typhoon made landfall. To help families regain the income they lost, the Red Cross is training local people on carpentry, plumping, electrical and construction skills and paying them to repair schools like Tanghas Elementary.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.