In November 2013 we launched an emergency appeal to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, thought to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall.
In the immediate aftermath, we reached more than 185,000 people in some of the worst affected and most isolated areas, distributing vital emergency relief items such as food, water, sleeping mats, blankets and shelter kits.
Restoring lost livelihoods
Making ends meet is the huge challenge that faces 5.9 million people who saw their crucial sources of income destroyed following Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013.
In the last few months, our local partners have been working tirelessly, helping to restore the livelihoods of fishers and famers who have seen their boats wrecked and their crops washed away.
Thanks to our local partners we have reached more than 24,000 people with cash assistance and livelihoods support, including new fishing boats and nets.
Bringing the community together
In one village in Batad, Iloilo province, a local partner provided a community with 60 fishing boats replacing those destroyed in the storm. Now fishers can get back out to sea, make a living and provide for themselves and their families.
In Marabut, Samar province, local partner Coastal Core-CERD’s organised a community market day, bringing together households and sellers of fish, fruit and vegetables.
Up to 3,500 of the worst affected and most vulnerable households were given 'play money' that they could use as currency to buy goods on designated market days.
A market day supported by a Christian Aid partner brings the community together
Not only did this enable them to buy vital food items, it also helped stimulate the local economy and in turn keeps local markets and traders in business. Typhoon Emergency Manager Ted Bonpin said:
‘We went one further than the usual cash support. We encouraged local producers to participate, local government to take part in the organising, and most of all created a spirit of celebration, community spirit and solidarity.'
A disaster-prone country
While it is difficult to attribute any one event to climate change, it is clear from climate scientists that climate change makes extreme events like Typhoon Haiyan more likely.
The Philippines experiences, on average, around 20 typhoons a year. Haiyan was the 25th typhoon to strike the Philippines in 2013. It’s the third major emergency in as many years preceded by Typhoon Washi in 2011 and Typhoon Bopha in 2012.
More than half of the population of the Philippines live in disaster-prone areas, and the country is now considered the third most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters and climate change.
Twenty of the largest cities are situated on the coast and are most at risk of rising sea levels and extreme climate conditions.
Our partners in the Philippines are hugely experienced in dealing with situations like this. Just as in Haiti and Pakistan and in countless other emergencies across the world, we’ll help communities get back on their feet.
We’ll help them build homes and livelihoods more able to withstand the next disaster.
Read the latest update on the situation in the Philippines here.
Find out more
A moving message from Yeb Saño
Latest update: Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Eyewitness accounts: from survivors and our partners on the ground
Humanitarian briefing paper: in-depth look at Typhoon Haiyan (PDF, 0.5mb)
Video: Christian Aid partner describes what happened