What was Typhoon Haiyan?
In November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. It was one of the strongest tropical typhoons ever recorded. Over 14 million people were directly affected, with more than 6,200 people killed, 4 million people displaced and over 1 million homes damaged or destroyed.
Thanks to your support ActionAid has been able to help more than 164,000 people, helping them to begin rebuilding their lives and homes.
After the typhoon, the Philippine Government asked for support and ActionAid raised over £4 million to help those worst effected.
ActionAid worked in partnership with the local organisations to reach 87 villages across the Philippines and support more than 164,558 individuals.
With the direct support of Irish supporters 420 disaster resilient family homes were newly constructed and a further 100 homes were repaired. This helped to rebuild hope and restore livelihoods for whole communities.
Lita Golpan, a widow with 6 children and 12 grandchildren was the proud recipient of the first house built. Pictured with her daughters Cecilia and Zenda and 11 month old grand-daughter Claire, Lita was hugely excited about moving into her new home. She told ActionAid that her family will no longer be scared of the rains and the strong winds.
Three year’s on from Typhoon Haiyan
At the end of July ActionAid’s emergency response work in the Philippines came to an end but families like Litas’ will continue to reap the benefits of your support for many years to come.
Photo caption: Zenda Aportadero, with her daughter Claire, 11 months, Cecilia Entroliso and Lita Rosales Golpan. Photo by: Natasha Mulder/ActionAid