Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

  1. World Vision food distributions provided some relief to those affected by Haiyan. Picture: Jon Warren
  2. In the wake of the typhoon children were desperate for food and water. Picture: Jon Warren
  3. People affec ted by Haiyan wait patiently for aid to get to them. Picture: Lay Htoo
  4. Food and other relief items arrive in the hard-hit area of Cebu. Picture: World Vision
  5. Typhoon Haiyan survivors show their need as they wait for help. Picture: World Vision
  6. Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan survey the damage in Tacloban, Philippines. Picture: Reuters
  7. Typhoon Haiyan has left a path of destruction across the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan has affected almost 15 million people in the Philippines, including five million children. The damage is catastrophic, and aid workers are racing against time to deliver food, water and shelter.

How you can help:

Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

Three months on, more than 680,000 Typhoon Haiyan survivors helped

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013, killing more than 6,000 and touching the lives of over 14 million others. With your support, we were able to respond immediately, providing survivors with food, water and other life-saving essentials.

World Vision’s Response

In the first 90 days of the response, World Vision supplied 680,575 people with food aid and other emergency goods.

Shelter kits – with tarpaulins and ropes – helped 13,605 families find short-term solutions to destroyed roofs and buildings.

In 60 of the hardest hit villages, safe places were opened for some 20,000 children to recover from the psychological impact of the storm.

As survivors confront the long-term impact of the crisis, World Vision is working to help families get back on their feet. Our programs will help people learn new skills to earn an income, assist families to repair and rebuild their homes, and fix damaged schools, water sources and healthcare centres. 

Child-friendly spaces are also a priority in the wake of the typhoon, and already almost 4900 children have been able to attend the 24 safe play spaces and receive support from the World Vision-trained staff working at them. More will be set up in the coming weeks and months.

To ensure the well-being of mothers and children, who are often some of the most vulnerable people during disasters, World Vision also set up eight Women and Young Children Spaces in the regions of Northern Cebu, Panay and Leyte. 

World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello said he had been deeply touched by the difference teams on the ground had made to survivors.

"This is at long last hope and food, rice and clean water," Tim said. "While the area has been devastated, hope has arrived."

READ: 'I saw trees falling and roofs flying' - Survivors tell their stories of Typhoon Haiyan


Tim travelled to the Philippines in the immediate aftermath of the storm to see the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan for himself. “Whole towns have been wiped out and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced,” Tim said. “Countless survivors have also been left without basics such as food, water and shelter.”

“I am urging Australians to once again show their generosity to those in need by donating to World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.”

READ: Vincent's best friend: The dog that saved his family from Typhoon Haiyan's floodwaters

Tim said a major relief effort would be needed in the worst affected areas for anything from six months to a year.

“Given the extensive needs of those affected, it is critical that the additional funds translate into aid on the ground as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is through the implementing agencies already on the ground.”

Tim said he was inspired by the World Vision staff who have been working tirelessly to get aid to some of the most vulnerable communities affected by the typhoon.

The livelihoods of two million people have also been destroyed.

Please donate to World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to help those affected by this crisis.

Fundraise through Everyday Hero for World Vision's Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. 

Resources for running a Typhoon Haiyan Appeal fundraiser at your church.

Latest stories

+ Show all stories