About The Emergency
By the Numbers
Typhoon Haiyan is considered one of the most powerful storms on record
15 MILLION people have been affected
More than 4 MILLION people have been internally displaced
A massive storm swept over the Philippines leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan’s 150 mph winds drove huge waves ashore, crashing into villages and towns, flattening buildings and ripping families apart. The storm is one of the strongest on record. Many families were still searching for food, some even looking through garbage piles to find something to eat, long after the typhoon hit. Water supplies were contaminated and unsafe to drink. Hospitals were overwhelmed and medical supplies were running low.
How Islamic Relief USA Is Helping
Islamic Relief offices around the world teamed up to help with emergency efforts. Here are the programs IRUSA donors have supported. Download Islamic Relief USA’s Donor Report on Philippines Humanitarian Aid or this fact sheet (both updated April 2014) to learn more. Thank YOU for supporting these efforts, and for continuing to give so that we can continue to help.
SHELTER AND LIVELIHOODS RESPONSE AND EARLY RECOVERY
This project aims to help improve the well-being of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan through diversified Cash-for-Work (CFW) for public works, short-term employment for more than 3,700 people. Work activities will include clearing roads, clearing debris from farming lands, water channel rehabilitation, and more.
EMERGENCY SHELTER PROVISIONS IN BOGO CITY AND LEYTE CITY
Some 15,000 individuals, who have been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, received emergency shelter assistance. Families received tents and tarpaulins to help improve their living conditions until they’re able to return home.
EMERGENCY SHELTER KITS IN CEBU
More than 10,000 individuals in northern Cebu benefited from temporary shelter kits that were distributed. Each kit included a a tarpaulin and rope, a ground sheet, a blanket, cooking utensils, tools (such as hammers, nails, saws), and a plastic toolbox. This helped provide shelter for at least two months while rebuilding took place.
You can read reports straight from the field in “Journal from the Philippines” and “A Traveler’s Reflection.” Islamic Relief USA donors surpassed the original goal of $1,000,000 for humanitarian efforts in Philippines.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL DONATIONS MADE TO IRUSA’S PHILIPPINES HUMANITARIAN AID FUND SUPPORT THIS EMERGENCY EFFORT SPECIFICALLY. Any donations given in access of those required for this emergency effort may be used to support other humanitarian efforts for the Philippines.