When Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8, 2013, it left a path of destruction in its wake. The strongest storm ever recorded in the Philippines, it claimed more than 6,000 lives, damaged and destroyed more than one million homes, and wiped out agricultural land and livestock that people had traditionally used to earn a living.
In the disaster’s immediate aftermath, the global Red Cross network delivered lifesaving supplies and services like medical care, food, water, shelter materials, and mosquito nets. Together, we distributed cash grants to 59,000 families affected by the storm, so they could decide for themselves which items were most important to purchase in the wake of the emergency.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross is still in the Philippines, helping families rebuild, recover, and prepare for future disasters that may come their way.
We are taking an integrated approach to recovery by revitalizing local economies, investing in community infrastructure, and improving access to water and sanitation. We have repaired schools, re-equipped evacuation centers, and are building new homes for families who lost everything. Less prone to flooding and high winds—the houses are better able to withstand the country’s fierce storms.
With American Red Cross support, 10,000 families are now living in safer shelter. This includes more than 3,200 families who are now living in brand new homes and more than 6,600 who received cash, materials, and technical support to reconstruct their houses to better withstand future disasters. In addition, more than 10,000 households received cash grants to help them restart businesses or create new income-generating opportunities.
Alongside the Philippine Red Cross, we are training volunteers in every community where we work in the basics of first aid, disaster prevention and preparedness. Together, we are making families and neighborhoods healthier, safer, and better prepared for future storms and emergencies.