On November 8 2013, the strongest recorded storm in the history of the Philippines hit land. Typhoon Haiyan’s impact was catastrophic, affecting 14.6 million people, including 6 million children. Within 48 hours after Typhoon Haiyan struck, UNICEF was on the ground helping to provide clean water, protect vulnerable children, restore access to education and restock essential health supplies.

Working with the government and partners, UNICEF helped provide clean water to nearly a million people, deliver emergency health kits to depleted clinics, reunite lost children with their families and run safe spaces and temporary schools for thousands of Filipino students. UNICEF and its partners also helped families rebuild their homes better with cash grants and emergency preparedness training to help respond to future disasters.
"The wind and rain were very strong; I could hear screams and loud crashing noises. I crouched beside my mother and cried,” says 9 year-old Cherlyn. She survived Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines but her family’s home was destroyed. For a week she had no access to drinking water so UNICEF and its partners installed a water source right in front of Cherlyn's house and provided families with soap for bathing and washing. © UNICEF/UNI157021/Lane
Since then, UNICEF has supported children and their families through the long road to recovery and is helping communities to strengthen basic social services that are more resilient in the face of future emergencies. UNICEF honors the spirit and strength of the people of the Philippines and renews its commitment to help them build back better.

Thanks to our supporters, UNICEF was able to:

  • Reach 1.3 million people with restored access to clean drinking water
  • Vaccinate 1.3 million children against measles and rubella
  • 630,000 students were provided school supplies to get back to learning, and 213,200 accessed education in temporary learning spaces
  • 40,060 children received the psychosocial support they needed to cope with their distressing experiences.
  • Over 510,000 children were screened for malnutrition
  • 310,000 people had better access to clean and safe toilet facilities
UNICEF leads in times of emergency. We help children and their families recover from natural disaster and stay safe when disease and conflict breaks out. Take a look at our current disaster and emergency relief appeals here.