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4 million people lost their homes to Typhoon Haiyan
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In November 2013, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land tore across the Philippines, killing 6,000 people, damaging one million homes, and leaving more than four million people displaced.

On Leyte Island, Medair found almost total devastation in the communities of Dulag, Julita, and La Paz. Tens of thousands of people needed a safe place to live. 

Safe Shelter – Since Typhoon Haiyan, Medair has helped communities build back stronger homes to be more disaster-resilient for the future.  We’ve also constructed new homes for vulnerable households which are more durable than the structures they lived in prior to Typhoon Haiyan.  Additionally, we provide roofs to families whose homes are otherwise sturdy, and train local builders in disaster-resilient construction methods.

Typhoon Readiness – We train communities and individual families on practical ways they can strengthen and prepare their homes for future typhoons.

Hygienic Latrines – When Typhoon Haiyan struck Leyte Island, it destroyed not only families’ homes, but also their toilet facilities. When sanitation is compromised, disease can spread rapidly. That’s why Medair repairs or builds latrines for families who can’t afford to do rebuild them themselves. 


1680 disaster-resilient houses built

Over 10,000 people trained in Disaster Risk Reduction

1250 new latrines built

Core Activities

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    Shelter and Infrastructure

    Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.

Nothing could have prepared them for Haiyan, an earth-shattering “Super Typhoon” that wiped out whole communities in a matter of hours.

Read their story.

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