Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, as a category 5 storm. It laid waste to the country’s central region, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than 4 million people homeless and hungry.
On Dec. 3, 2012, almost a year to the day after Mindanao in the southern Philippines was hit by a devastating tropical storm, the island group absorbed another staggering blow: Typhoon Bopha. Bringing back parents’ hopes and children’s smiles was the challenge for World Vision disaster responders.
In times of crisis, World Vision establishes Child-Friendly Spaces where children can go and feel safe, begin recovering from trauma, and learn to play again. Read how play is crucial for children’s learning and recovery.
A safe and supportive place for breastfeeding moms is a life-saving gift for the youngest and most vulnerable survivors of conflict or disaster. World Vision’s women and young children spaces help moms provide nutrition and nurture for children under age 5.
Child-Friendly Spaces provide a safe space for children during emergencies such as conflict, natural disaster, or potentially exploitative situations.
Please pray for the Asia-Pacific Islands — World Vision’s work with communities in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea.
After Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013, World Vision staff member Maryann Zamora witnessed an answered prayer for Patrick, a young father of two. Read how God answered the prayer that Maryann and Patrick prayed together in a moment of desperation.
A World Vision communicator from the Philippines shares stories that run the gamut of human emotions from fear, grief, and worry to resolve and resilience.