In November 2013, more than one million homes were damaged or destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan—the strongest storm ever recorded in the Philippines—made landfall.
Thanks to generous donations, the global Red Cross network has reached more than one million people with both emergency assistance and longer-term recovery programs in areas impacted by the typhoon. During the first months after the storm struck, American Red Cross emergency relief specialists supported the global Red Cross response in distributing tarps, water cans, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, cash grants and other relief supplies to families. Since that time, the American Red Cross has been focusing on helping communities recover by investing in projects such as fixing houses, installing water pumps and latrines for communities, and reviving people’s livelihoods by replacing lost items like farm tools and fishing boats.
As people and communities in the Philippines continue to recover, the American Red Cross is rebuilding schools damaged by the storm, providing entrepreneurs with seed money, training local volunteers on disaster preparedness, and helping people move into new homes that are better able to withstand future storms.