What happened in the Philippines?

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, killing thousands of people, destroying homes and schools and damaging the country's infrastructure. An estimated 14 million people were affected, including nearly 6 million children. 

How did donations make a difference?

In the weeks following the typhoon, Unicef was in the Philippines providing relief for thousands of children and their families. With help from donations to our emergency appeal, we delivered emergency supplies including life-saving medicines, shelter, water and sanitation materials and temporary education facilities. 


Over 7,000 schools remained closed following the typhoon and Unicef supported a national campaign to get all children in affected areas back to school and restore routine vaccinations for children.  

Help keep children safe when an emergency hits

When a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan strikes, Unicef staff are ready to respond rapidly to deliver life-saving food, medicine and water, education and protection services so children in danger get the help they need.

We rely on money from our Children’s Emergency Fund to do this. And we rely on donations from the British public to keep the fund alive and enable us to respond to emergencies, whenever they come, and whatever their size.

Make a regular donation to our Children's Emergency Fund

A girl blows soap bubbles outside a UNICEF child-friendly tent in Tacloban. Photo: Unicef/NYHQ2014-0121/GIACOMO PIROZZI
A girl blows soap bubbles outside a Unicef child-friendly tent in Tacloban.Photo: Unicef/NYHQ2014-0121/GIACOMO PIROZZI