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Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall.

It tore through the Philippines in November 2013, killing over 6,000 people and affecting 14 million in total.

IDV arrived in the affected area 17 days after Haiyan and remained active until February 2017. Our work supported 11,858 survivors.

We hosted international volunteers in Tacloban for eighteen months. These volunteers worked on a range of projects, which included helping to build classrooms and renovate schools. Our volunteers also helped to build homes and increase food security through gardening workshops

Then, as local capacity increased, we withdrew our international volunteers in July 2015, but continued to implement projects through our local Project Manager, Siggy. Through Siggy, we continued to support education through the repair of educational facilities and the distribution of books and school supplies. Finally in February 2017, in response to the much improved situation on the ground, we ended our operations in Tacloban.

More information on our completed Haiyan projects can be found below.

We want to thank all the volunteers and donors who made our work possible. A special thanks go to GlobalGiving, Help Helen Help the Philippines and Art to Heart: Philippine Typhoon Relief Fund.

Completed Haiyan Projects


Lun Tad School

The Lun Tad Elementary School’s classrooms were damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines), leaving its 383 kids without a safe, enriching place to learn.

Between July and September 2014 we worked with the school and community members to paint and refurbish 14 classrooms to give these kids back the education they deserved. Read more »

Community & Urban Gardening

Before Typhoon Haiyan, many families grew their own vegetables. But Haiyan washed away or contaminated soil and destroyed seeds. This often made restarting gardens impossible.

Working with our Filipino partners, Bayanihan Tayo, we helped survivors grow their own vegetables by creating a community garden and through providing training workshops and urban garden starter kits. Read more »

School Lunches and Clean Ups

Throughout our time in Tacloban we’ve made supporting access to education after typhoon Haiyan a priority.

In addition to our in depth work with schools like Anibongon and San Agustin, we’ve also run several other broad projects that helped kids get back to school.

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The Aram Learning Studio

We helped the The Aram Learning Studio get back on its feet after typhoon Haiyan.

Thanks to our work the school is once again providing developmentally appropriate learning support and literacy intervention for children with developmental disabilities so that they can become productive community members. Read more »