A new super storm, Typhoon Hagupit, threatens to undo progress as families in the Philippines are still rebuilding after last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan disaster. World Vision has mobilized its response teams in case Hagupit’s impact is severe.
World Vision Senior Director of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Response Chris Palusky testified to Congress on December 3, 2013 about the relief response to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
World Vision opened on Wednesday its first dedicated ‘safe spaces’ for 400 children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The spaces allow children to continue learning, playing, and start coming to terms with the disaster.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have joined together to make a $250,000 contribution to World Vision to support relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
World Vision’s first relief flight loaded with critical emergency supplies will arrive in Manila Monday. The Lufthansa flight includes 5,000 blankets and 3,000 tarpaulins (plastic sheets) that will be used to help survivors build temporary shelters.
As Typhoon Haiyan continued to make its way west across the Philippines Friday, World Vision expressed concern that what was shaping up to be the Philippines’ strongest typhoon of the year could leave a path of “vast destruction” in its wake.
Six months on from when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, the face of Visayas, the central region of the country, has been irrevocably altered. While recovery has begun and life for sections of the impacted population has regained some semblance of normalcy, the impact of the typhoon has left vast areas struggling to recover.