SOS Children’s Villages built 11 Child-Care Spaces in Tacloban, which provided children therapeutic activities (such as storytelling, art, and games), a safe place to play with children their own age, and opportunities to receive psychosocial support from trained professionals to help them recover from the trauma of the storm.
Of the nearly 5,000 people directly affected by our programs, we estimate that approximately 50% were female.
Estimated girls & women affected
Approximately 2,000 children attended the Child-Care Spaces, and we estimated that half of the children came from a two-parent household, and half came from a one-parent household. In addition, we estimated that three additional people (spouses or children) were impacted by each person’s participation in either the Kinship or Livelihood programs.
Estimated community members affected
Just over a year ago, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing more than 100,000 people and leaving tens of thousands of families without homes, access to food and water, and livelihoods. With your support, SOS Children’s Villages leveraged our more than 40 years of experience working in the Philippines to support immediate relief efforts in the community and to ensure a sustainable recovery. SOS Children’s Villages built 11 Child-Care Spaces in Tacloban, which provided children therapeutic activities (such as storytelling, art, and games), a safe place to play with children their own age, and opportunities to receive psychosocial support from trained professionals to help them recover from the trauma of the storm. For parents, Child-Care Spaces were safe places to leave their children during the day while they rebuilt their homes, obtained food for their families, and started to rebuild their lives. SOS also supported the community’s long-term recovery. We reconstructed a school in Tacloban, rebuilt 600 homes for families, supported 124 families who took in orphaned relatives after the storm, and provided new livelihood opportunities for 467 families. Through this Livelihood Program, a fisherman would receive a boat, a carpenter would receive heavy-duty tools, and a cook would receive capital to restart her food business. By providing basic tools to earn an income, families were able to fast-track their recovery and that of the community.
Jay Keam’s family evacuated to his school during Typhoon Haiyan, but instead witnessed the brunt of the storm there. Jay Keam became traumatized and withdrawn, afraid of the rain, and afraid to return to his school. He received psychosocial support at the SOS Child-Care Space, and eventually built up the courage to return to school. Today, there’s barely a trace of the withdrawn child of the months after the Typhoon. He avidly participates in class, volunteering to lead group activities.
Risks and challenges
In the days and weeks immediately following the storm, it was challenging to assess the extent of the damage and anticipate the immediate needs of the community. Many transportation networks were destroyed, and limited transportation access prevented supplies from getting to Tacloban. Supplies that made it to Tacloban were often prohibitively expensive. Once the community’s needs – such as the loss of relatives, homes and livelihoods – were identified, SOS Children’s Villages developed a variety of programs to support the community. Our programs provided both short-term and long-term support in order to ensure a sustainable recovery.
What we’ve learned
One lesson learned was the importance of being nimble and flexible during emergencies, due to shifting needs of the community. Immediately after the storm, SOS Children’s Villages had to focus on providing community members with supplies to meet their basic needs, such as food and water. Only after that were we able to focus on implementing longer-term programs, such as psychosocial support, rebuilding homes, and providing livelihood opportunities for the communities. As a result of the lessons learned in the Philippines, SOS Children’s Villages is starting an Emergency Relief Fund so that we can be more nimble and react quickly to help children in times of crisis in the future.
Though the first stage of the project – short-term recovery through the Child-Care Spaces and rebuilding efforts – is complete, SOS Children’s Villages will continue supporting Tacloban’s long-term recovery. We will continue operating our school, and operating the Kinship and Livelihood programs. We will continually assess the utility of these programs to identify how SOS Children’s Villages can best make an impact on the community in Tacloban.
Read more about our emergency relief efforts in the Philippines on our website: Courage After the Storm: Survivors Cling to Each Other a Year After Typhoon Haiyan: http://www.sos-usa.org/newsroom/courage-after-the-storm-typhoon-haiyan-survivors Typhoon Haiyan – SOS Children’s Villages Revives Livelihoods in Tacloban Fishing Villages: http://www.sos-usa.org/newsroom/typhoon-haiyan-sos-childrens-villages-livelihoods One Year Later: Typhoon Haiyan and SOS Children’s Villages http://www.sos-usa.org/newsroom/typhoon-haiyan-one-year-later
Supporting recovery in the Philippines
Since the Typhoon, SOS Children’s Villages has been hard at work rebuilding its Village in Tacloban and supporting the surrounding community. Your support was used for emergency relief and recovery programs - in particular, Child-Care Spaces. The Children’s Village needed considerable repairs, which are in progress. SOS has established 11 Child-Care Spaces across Tacloban, which provide children with a place where they can talk, play, and be kids again. The Child-Care Spaces are staffed by trained counselors who provide children and their caregivers with psychosocial support, as many in the region still suffer from post-traumatic stress related to the storm. For parents, Child-Care Spaces are safe places where children can be cared for as they begin rebuilding their lives – reconstructing their homes, traveling to food distribution centers, and receive other forms of support. So far, Child-Care Spaces have served more than 2,000 children. SOS also launched a Kinship Program to provide resources for people who have taken in relatives that were orphaned by the storm.
Risks and challenges
Immediately after the storm, the greatest challenge was that much of the region’s infrastructure, including roads, had been destroyed, so it was very difficult to get supplies into Tacloban. In addition to new homes and schools, the children of Tacloban need psychological support in order to recover from the post-traumatic stress that the storm left behind – a process that is both multifaceted and long-term in nature. Finally, because the Typhoon’s time as a front-page story was so limited, funding and support dried up quickly, making long-term recovery more challenging. SOS is committed to assisting with the recovery process over the long term.
SOS’s Kinship Program supports people who took in younger relatives after the storm, and gave them resources to meet the children’s nutritional, educational, and health needs. “How do you comfort an 11-year-old who lost her family?” said Evelyn, who took in her 11-year-old niece after the Typhoon. “I told her, ‘whatever my children have, you will have as well. I will not treat you differently. You are my child now.’”
In order to help the Philippines recover from the storm, SOS plans to help the affected communities rebuild on both a community-wide and family-level scale. SOS will continue providing families with psychosocial support and helping them rebuild their homes, and has committed to helping rebuild local infrastructure, including two schools and roads. SOS has also proposed establishing a fishing cooperative in the nearby town of Bislig to help families earn a living again.
Funds were used for emergency relief and recovery programs - in particular, Child-Care Spaces, which provided children with a safe place to spend time, talk, play and begin recovering from psychological trauma caused by the storm while their parents worked to rebuild their homes and lives.
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SOS Children’s Villages prides itself on supporting communities for the long haul in the wake of an emergency or natural disaster. “When we rebuild the lives of the people, we can rebuild the lives of the children, who are the future,” said Sumanta Kar, the Assistant Coordinator of the SOS Philippines Emergency Relief Program.
This story describes how a family in the Philippines rebuilt their lives since the storm, with help from SOS Children's Villages: http://www.sos-usa.org/newsroom/a-struggle-for-values-after-haiyan
Emergency relief in the Philippines to help children and families recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Why we care: Many children in the Philippines are at risk as they are left without protection, food and clean water.
How we’re solving this: SOS is providing emergency relief and temporary shelter for children and families in the Tacloban, Philippines community.
Marie’s words call attention to the plight of children in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the storm.
SOS is providing emergency relief for children and families in the community, while rebuilding our own facilities and programs in Tacloban. We are currently helping families in the community with temporary shelter and immediate needs like food and clean water, clothes, household supplies and medicine, to ensure their safety and survival.
Your generous donation will be doubled thanks to Johnson & Johnson. Your support of children’s essential needs* may provide:
Clean water for a family for a month
Set of clothes for a child
Post-disaster medical check-up for a child
Food for a child for a month
Infant formula for one child for a month
Cooking gas for family for two months
*As the price of scarce items in the Philippines is fluctuating, all numbers are estimates, as assessed on November 18, 2013.
SOS Children’s Villages has been serving the Tacloban community since 1967. We strive to create stable, loving families worldwide for orphaned and abandoned children. One of our eight SOS Children’s Villages nationwide is located in Tacloban, the city most affected by the Super Typhoon.
The SOS Village in Tacloban is home to more than 130 children and young adults and – until the storm – also provided daycare, vocational training, and health care to 110 families in the surrounding community. Although the children in our care are safe, the storm virtually destroyed the city, and many facilities in the SOS Village sustained significant damage. We are committed to the long-term rebuilding process to help the many families who have lost everything, including their homes.
Please join our relief and recovery efforts to support vulnerable children.