Typhoon Yolanda: One Year On

Young boy affected by Typhoon Yolanda

One year ago - on 8 November 2013 - Typhoon Yolanda tore through the Philippines with winds reaching speeds of 275km/h.

Across the Visayas, houses were flattened, coconut trees ripped out of the ground, and boats smashed up - leaving many dealing with the tragedy of losing loved ones, homeless, and without the means to support their families. Over 6,000 people were killed and 14 million children and adults affected.

Save the Children responded immediately to the disaster by helping communities in some of the worst-hit areas - such as the islands of Leyte and Panay which had been in the path of the typhoon. There, we provided people with basic necessities: food, water, medicines, shelter and money.

We  set up Child Friendly Spaces so children had a safe place to play and recover, while their parents started trying to put their lives back together. We also opened over 100 Temporary Learning Spaces so students could regain a sense of normality, get back into a school routine and not fall behind in their education.

One year on and we're seeing huge signs of recovery

We've helped get children back into their schools by fixing and equipping over 200 classrooms.

We've worked alongside almost 290,000 people to help them rebuild their livelihoods, learn new skills and regain a source of income.

We've reached over 400,000 people with water, sanitation and hygiene improvements which helped to stop disease spreading in the affected areas.

The people of Leyte and Panay have shown amazing resilience and courage. But there are still many needs to be met. This is why Save the Children still works in those areas and why we ask people to remember those who survived Typhoon Yolanda.

To mark the one year anniversary, Save the Children has a number of activities:

READ our press release.

LEARN more by reading our "Are We There Yet?" report which highlights what children think still needs to be done. We held Children's Consultations across our programs in Yolanda-affected areas, asking children for their views on the aid they'd received and how people have helped them. You can read the highlights here and you can also see film of some of the Children's Consultations in action - click here for Panay and here for Leyte .

WATCH our videos on the One Year anniversary on our Youtube channel: click here.

VISIT our photo exhibition at the SM Mall of Asia From November 4-20.. To commemorate the Yolanda anniversary, we took internationally renowned photographer VJ Villafranca around our project areas so that he could document the recovery work and pay tribute to those we have been working alongside in the past year.