What we do

During times of great need, Save the Children seeks to build up community resilience, respond in times of emergency and help communities to recover and grow stronger.

Emergencies impact millions of people every year, destroy infrastructure and cause further setbacks in development in the Philippines. This also leaves Filipino children and their families increasingly vulnerable to the effects of future disasters and begins a cycle that can be tough to break.

For the Philippines, whose location along the Ring of Fire and typhoon belt means it faces a constant stream of powerful typhoons, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and other natural disasters, this has serious repercussions. It is forecast that by 2015, climate-related disasters alone will affect 375 million people worldwide every year. With an increase in the frequency and intensity of disasters, Filipino children will be affected by humanitarian crises for coming decades unless something is done.

Thinking long-term, Save the Children in the Philippines tackles both the causes and effects of emergencies through resilience, response and recovery which helps to break the disaster cycle.

Building community resilience

Before an emergency strikes, Save the Children supports children and communities to be better prepared to deal with disasters and reduce the impact these have on their lives.

Responding to emergencies

When a disaster does strike, Save the Children responds immediately to save lives, delivering essential aid and supporting children who are the most vulnerable.

Helping communities recover

Save the Children helps children and their families recover from the impact of a disaster, supporting them to rebuild their lives and increase their resilience before the next emergency hits.