Getting children back into school after emergencies
Super Typhoon Yolanda ripped through the Philippines on 8 November 2013, devastating the lives of up to 13.2 million children and adults.
Typhoon Yolanda – one of the world’s worst storms since 1969 - claimed the lives of thousands of people. More than four million children and adults were displaced and in excess of 640,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
Emergency teams on the ground
More than 100 Save the Children staff were on the ground in the worst hit areas distributing life-saving supplies. We flew in tonnes of relief items, including blankets, tents, food and water purifiers - providing the items to the families who need it most. Our aim was to assist over 500,000 children and adults.
In addition, we established nine mobile clinics that treated the injured and sick in Leyte and Panay. We also deployed specialist medical teams - one team in Tacloban providing the field hospital with special trauma support, while another team provided healthcare to remote communities on Panay island.
Children and families in desperate need
In the wake of the typhoon, the health and safety of children was our main concern. With shortages of clean water, food, medicine and shelter, thousands of children were at risk of illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Many children were traumatised by the horrors they saw. Others were separated from their parents and are still traumatised - both children and parents may require psychosocial support to help them recover. Read 10-year-old Rafael's story about how he lost his father when a wall collapsed.
Ongoing support is needed
In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, thousands of children and their families were in urgent need of food, clean water, shelter and healthcare. Our emergency teams were on the ground immediately distributing life-saving supplies and support.
However, with such devastating destruction, further long-term support will be needed. Save the Children will continue to support these communities over the next year as they rebuild homes, schools and health centers.