Mercy Corps’ Syria Response team has expanded to Iraq, where over 200,000 Syrian refugees are living in camps and host communities. We’re working to build playgrounds and spaces where kids feel safe and can begin to recover from the trauma of the war they just escaped.
This week, our team in the Philippines was the first to reach survivors on isolated Kinatarcen Island, north of Cebu. Because of your generosity, hundreds of families here received much-needed food, water and supplies. Thank you.
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More than 4 million people in the Philippines lost their houses to Typhoon Haiyan. Many families are escaping to less damaged cities like Cebu, seeking the water, food and shelter that has been wiped out in their hometowns. Our Emergency Team Leader Mark Ferdig shares what it’s like for survivors in evacuation centers, far from home.
More than 4 million people have been displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, and thousands of families have fled to Cebu, west of Tacloban. Most of the evacuation centers, in school gyms and other community spaces, offer basic food, water and a roof, but few walls to protect people from the intense rains and blistering sun.
Mercy Corps’ emergency response team, currently based in Cebu, is working to meet survivors’ most pressing needs: providing clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and food. Find out how you can help.
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"Now, everything is gone." 20-year-old Michelle and her parents are a few of the millions who lost their homes — and family members — in Typhoon Haiyan. Read her story.
How does Mercy Corps’ emergency response team — on the ground in Cebu — prepare to quickly help survivors? Earlier this week, our Philippines Emergency Response Team Leader Mark Ferdig shared the team’s priorities in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Super Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm to ever make landfall and has affected more than 11 million people in the central Philippines. This map shows the storm’s path and its impact across the islands (where it is known as Yolanda).
Mercy Corps’ emergency operations are based in one of the hardest-hit provinces, where our response team is focused on getting lifesaving supplies into the hands of survivors.
Get more key facts about the disaster and how to help — and share the map to raise even more support for the relief efforts.
Here’s the chance to make even more of a difference for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan: Your donation to our Philippines Typhoon Response will be doubled up to $150,000. Give today to rush lifesaving supplies to families struggling in the aftermath of this disaster.
A survivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, on November 11, 2013.
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The World Health Organization has classified Super Typhoon Haiyan as a Category 3 disaster, the highest level. The massive storm now ranks among the worst natural disasters in recent history, on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Your support is critical for the recovery effort. You can help survivors meet their basic needs and begin rebuilding their communities. Please donate now.