Two months after Haiyan, children's lives improving

By Kathryn Reid
Jan 9, 2014

There’s a long road to recovery ahead for millions of Filipinos whose lives and homes were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan two months ago. As of Jan. 3, World Vision has supplied food and relief goods to meet the needs of more than 526,000 people, exceeding its goal of serving 400,000. The next stage of the response will focus on supporting families for new income opportunities and long-term housing. Click here to learn more of World Vision's emergency response.

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Children are back in school at Somosa, in northern Cebu. Typhoon Haiyan ripped the roof off most of their classrooms, but World Vision helped out with temporary structures. “I know my future will be okay if I can continue with my education,” says Sheila, a 10-year-old sponsored child in Tacloban.
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Apple, 11, a sponsored child in Ormoc, Leyte, washes clothes in a common washing area of the San Antonio neighborhood. Of the nearly 78,000 sponsored children in the Philippines, more than 5,800 were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Susanna, Apple’s mother, swaddles her younger daughter, Roalyn, in a scarf she received from World Vision in a breastfeeding kit. The kit contains a water bottle for mother’s hydration, lunch box, cup for storing breast milk, the scarf to cover the child for privacy while nursing, as well as a bag to store the items. With the kit, “I can better take care of my child,” she says.
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Women bring their young children to Child-Friendly Spaces where they can comfortably rest, breastfeed, eat, and receive counseling on keeping their children safe and well-nourished during the disaster recovery. Many mothers told World Vision staff they were too stressed to breastfeed after the typhoon and instead gave their babies water. “The result was these infants suffered diarrhea,” says health worker Annafe Masecampo. Now they provide only breast milk, she says.
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The walls and roof of 5–year-old Arial’s home in Bogo municipality, northern Cebu, were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. The partially reconstructed house is covered by tarpaulins supplied in a shelter kit from World Vision. "The tarps are of great help, especially when it rains,” says his mother, Maria. “It protects us from bad weather. It is much cooler inside. It provides the privacy we need."
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