The following information comes from a Plan International report on the status of our relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. We’ll keep the updates coming!

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

It has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history with sustained winds of 170 mph, gusts of up to 195 mph, and a storm surge as high as 21 feet.

Typhoon Haiyan devastated areas in nine regions of the Philippines and has affected almost 15 million people, including some 5 million children. As of December 7, approximately 4 million people remain displaced as a result of Typhoon Haiyan and almost 6,000 people have been killed.


Plan is one of the Philippines’ longest-serving aid and development organizations, with a
special focus on helping marginalized children in 420 communities across the country. Plan has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years and has extensive experience responding to natural disasters and other crises, deploying teams of technical experts to support the immediate delivery of clean drinking water, food, medical supplies, shelter, educational resources, and psychosocial support.

Typhoon Haiyan affected all areas where Plan works. More than 40,000 Plan-sponsored children and families live in the affected areas.

Our immediate priority is to provide life-saving food, water, shelter, healthcare, protection and sanitation and hygiene for vulnerable families and children.

We are working in coordination with stakeholders (Philippine government, UN agencies, partners, and other INGOs) and we are committed to protecting the rights of children affected by the disaster, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are met.


Here’s more information on exactly what Plan is doing on the ground:

  • Food: Plan has procured almost $2 million worth of emergency food for distribution to 12,700 families (1 month rations). Plan has already distributed 129,880 ready-to-eat meals to a total of 12,988 people, and will continue to provide food in the coming months.
  • Shelter: Plan has distributed 5,476 shelter kits to 5,476 families in accordance with Sphere standards, 18,488 plastic sheeting to 18,488 families, and over 1,000 tents to affected families.
  • Health: Plan will continue to provide “hospitals in a box,” reproductive health kits for crisis situations, clean delivery kits, drugs for sick newborn children, and midwife post-natal kit, among many others.
  • Education: Following assessments in the field, Plan has started with 100 Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) in Eastern Samar. Plan is currently preparing the training for 120 day care workers on psychosocial first aid and other skills, and will continue to provide school supplies and training.
  • Water, Sanitation, Hygiene: So far, Plan has distributed 1,406 water kits and 7,570 hygiene kits.

Thank you for your continued support–none of this would be possible without you.

Let’s keep up the relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines. We can’t let the children there become a “lost generation,” displaced by this huge storm. And we can help everyone have a happy holiday season, no matter where they live.

About Plan USA: Youth Engagement and Action

The Youth Engagement and Action (YEA) team is an initiative of Plan International USA. We involve students and youth, as well as teachers and adults allies, in taking action on world issues. Our mission is to build a global grassroots movement of youth activists and organizers who work to end the cycle of poverty for children and communities.

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