Cyclone Haiyan Appeal

Families in danger from Typhoon Haiyan

10 December 2013: UPDATE

As the full impact of Typhoon Haiyan becomes clear, the devastating loss of 5,632 lives has been confirmed. 26,136 people are reported to have been injured and 1,759 are still missing. Almost 4 million people have been displaced; thousands are still taking shelter inside evacuation centres. Slowly, ravaged communities are getting back on their feet.

Thanks to public support, ChildFund has been able to address the immediate needs of impacted families. So far 16,000 food packs and 7,000 packs containing essential items, such as hygiene kits, roofing materials and cooking utensils, have been distributed. ChildFund is also focusing on providing protection and psychosocial support to children through the establishment of 13 Child Centred Spaces. While parents are out looking for shelter, food, water and emergency assistance, these spaces mean children have a safe haven to play, socialise, learn, and express themselves in a caring and supportive environment.

We are now moving into Recovery Stage and our focus will be to help families restore their livelihoods, assist children with their education needs and strengthen child protection systems throughout the country. In addition, healthcare assistance will continue, including maternal health and nutrition services, and Emergency Response Training and capacity building will commence.

Your support is still needed. Please donate today.

Super Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land - has torn across the Philippines, lashing the islands of Leyte and Samar with 275kph winds and 6m waves before moving across the northern tip of Cebu province. Up to 10,000 people are feared dead, homes and infrastructure have been wiped out and thousands of people are taking shelter in evacuation centres. More than 9 million people, including as many as 4.5 million children, have been impacted.

Cyclone Haiyan - Credit - REUTERS/Zander Casas

ChildFund, which has worked in the Philippines for nearly 60 years, is working closely with its local partners and the government to respond. Emergency response teams have readied supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and other relief items.

ChildFund Philippines country director Katherine Manik says: "In the areas that ChildFund Philippines operates it is estimated 10,000 children who are enrolled in our sponsorship programs have been affected. The first response is child protection (safe spaces for children) and direct response (food, water and shelter). The needs of children in emergencies are urgent, literally everything is gone. We are now worried about floods and landslides in the coming days. We are responding."

Your donation will help provide urgently needed food, water and shelter for affected children and their families. We are also preparing for the set-up of Child-Centred Spaces in the storm’s aftermath so that children will have a safe haven.

Please donate today to help provide emergency relief to thousands of children and their families who’ve lost everything in this disaster. 

Your generous donation will be directed to our Typhoon Haiyan emergency response. If we exceed our appeal target, any extra funds will be directed to other ChildFund projects.

Photo: A mother takes refuge with her children as Typhoon Haiyan hits Cebu city, central Philippines, November 8, 2013. (Credit: REUTERS/Zander Casas, www.trust.org)