Just two weeks after a 7.2 earthquake hit the islands of the Philippines, killing 223, damaging nearly 80,000 homes and rattling over 1 million people, Super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the country. The typhoon was the deadliest event in the Asia-Pacific, killing over 6,000 people, affecting more than 14 million people and displacing 4 million from their homes.
Our staff in Cebu City responded immediately. We sent mobile kitchens, bags of rice and bottled water in the hours and days immediately after the storm. With partners like Nu Skin, we set up more than 20 feeding centers and distributed response goods like family-sized mosquito nets, tent materials for temporary shelter and food packs. Nearly 13,000 survivors received aid in the first two weeks of recovery efforts.
Helping Kids Recover
Natural disasters scar kids deeply. They don’t watch wind and rain destroy their entire village without the memories affecting them forever.
Since the earthquake and typhoon in the Philippines, Feed the Children has been delivering psychological first aid to communities too. We’ve hosted debriefing sessions with parents and teachers and talked about how to help their kids. We’ve also helped teachers lead activities in their classrooms that help children express their fears and sadness.
Wars and armed conflicts hurt children. These manmade disasters steal kids’ innocence and childhoods.
Sometimes the pain is obvious — gunshot wounds or burns from explosions. Other times, the hurt is less visible. It could be the stress of fleeing your home or even your country. It could be hunger and thirst. Or fear that life will never be the same. As deep as it is, grief for someone you love who has died doesn’t show.
We work with partners to provide help to families who’ve had to leave their homes to escape wars and other violence. Last year, we supported World Renew, an organization working with Syrian refugees who desperately needed food, water and medical care. We can’t stop the violence, but we can help make life a little more stable and a little safer for kids and their families who have to run.
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