Typhoon Haiyan Response Overview

February 20, 2014 - As of December 31, 2013, HOPE worldwide Philippines had delivered US$300,000 in aid to the survivors of the strongest storm ever recorded - Typhoon Haiyan.  The work continues as they distribute supplies to 200,000 survivors over the next six months.  This slideshow recaps the disaster response programs currently underway to bring hope to those affected by this storm.

Hww Typhoon Haiyan Volunteer Shares on Honolulu TV

December 27, 2013 - From Indonesia and American Samoa to Hurricanes Sandy, Isaac and Ike, Hawaii Kai resident Candy Iha has seen firsthand the relief efforts in the wake of disaster.

"It looked like a war zone.  Everything was devastated.  I would say 98 percent of the island is devastated," Iha said.  "we went into these little villages and tried to find kids who weren't getting services.  Every day I did first aid.  But most of all, the children needed love, laughter and a warm smile."

HOPE worldwide is grateful for the many volunteers, like Candy, and our supporters who are making a difference for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan


Rebuilding Hope and Lives in Visayas – Progress Report

December 19, 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan will be long remembered by the people of the Philippines, especially the islands in the middle section of the Philippines, called the Visayas.  Each year these people face about twenty typhoons.  However, this time the forces of nature released the largest typhoon ever recorded.  Read more about the progress being made after the storm.  Download the latest .pdf report here.



With the recent disaster in the Philippines, HOPE worldwide is on the ground and helping provide relief.

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A Volunteer's Story:  "I Will Never Forget That Day"

United Colors of Giving

distributing  suppliesBy Kristine “KB” Tonel, HOPE worldwide Disaster Volunteer

Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm to ever hit the Philippines.  It brought with it a many casualties and extensive damage to houses and the nation’s infrastructure.  Days after the typhoon, many were in tremendous need. HOPE worldwide and NACSEA were two of the organizations who had quickly responded.   Fortunately, I had the privilege to volunteer in their relief activities.

A Phenomenon

I’ve served as a relief volunteer before and I thought this event would just be like one of those common “hand-over-that-package activities.  Who would have thought this day would be something so touching and memorable?  I didn't.  

On Sunday, November 24, I saw an amazing scenario – you might say a phenomenon.  A relief drive was conducted by NACSEA, in partnership with HOPE worldwide Philippines, Tabang Sugbu Karon Foundation and a few other partner organizations.  More than 90 volunteers, from different places of different races and skin colors, joined together to give a 1,000 families a one-week supply of food. 

Volunteers from ICOC churches in Manila, Cebu and Northern Cebu, San Diego and West Virginia distributed the packages to each beneficiary.   Local volunteers from the town of Daanbantayan helped the women and elderly carry their family packs and organize the beneficiaries.  Military personnel from Paris, France repaired the roofs of the school where the event was held and moved the goods from the truck to the distribution area.  Japanese soldiers, who happened to be conducting medical missions at the same location, helped document the event.  I almost forgot to mention one volunteer from Scotland helped carry the packages.  Fortunately, he spoke French and English making him the translator between the French soldiers and the English speaking volunteers.

United in Giving

I thought it was only at the Olympics or in a Benetton commercial that I could see people from different races coming together. But I am amazed that people from such diverse cultures would still be willing to unite in serving the survivors living in Daanbantayan.

I will never forget that day.  It's such a rare event that even now, the faces and colors of those who helped are still vivid in my mind. Looking forward to seeing more united colors of giving!


Update: Typhoon Relief and Recovery

November 22, 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan has displaced 4.3 million people and the UNOCHA (United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) reports that 13.3 million are in need of assistance. The government of the Philippines has confirmed that 4,015 people died and 1,602 people are still missing two weeks after the disaster. It is also reported that 1.08 million houses were damaged.

People who were able to escape the hardest-hit areas went to Cebu or Manila to stay with their families. Many arrived there only to be stranded at the airport. Others are still living in makeshift shelters constructed from debris while trying to survive with very limited food, water, healthcare or electricity.

Relief Efforts Initiated by HOPE worldwide  

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Since day one, HOPE worldwide Philippines responded quickly by mobilizing water, food, and lifesaving relief items to the affected communities. The in-country supplies were moved immediately while international supplies were also quickly transported to support the efforts. HOPE worldwidedisaster teams managed to provide relief in Cebu, Daan Bantayan, Tacloban, Ormoc, Bohol, and other hard-hit areas.

These are some of our current disaster relief priorities:

  • Providing food and water
  • Distributing hygiene kits
  • Assisting transportation
  • Delivering psychosocial support through counseling and play therapy activities
  • Setting up help-lines for family members to search for lost loved ones
  • Providing temporary shelters for victims of the typhoon
  • Mobilizing medical supplies, water filters, shoes and other non-food-items
  • Mobilizing and managing relief volunteers
  • Setting up a HOPE worldwide Center in Manila as an emergency shelter for evacuees
  • Creating income generating opportunities for disaster victims by employing them to assist volunteers. Helping others will speed their recover and those they serve.

HOPE worldwide is working closely with the local government as well as UNOCHA and various organizations on the ground to ensure coordination and to avoid overlapping services.

Long Term Recovery

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HOPE worldwide will be working to help rebuild homes and schools. We will also be providing emotional support to help families recover in the coming years. Our goal is to assist one million people who have been directly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. This will require as much as $1 million to support our efforts of bringing hope and changing the lives of those now living in desperate need.

Thank you!

HOPE worldwide thanks you for your support. We know the road to recovery will be a long one. Our current relief efforts will need to be followed by years of rebuilding. Please join us as we continue our disaster response efforts.








Philippines Disaster Response Update 

November 20, 2013 – The scope of the devastation left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is unimaginable.  In the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported today:

  • 3,982 deaths,
  • 3,997,129 are displaced,
  • 18,266 survivors with injuries,
  • 1,602 are still missing,
  • 571,806 houses destroyed.

These numbers are expected to rise as more communities become accessible.

In the Metro Tacloban Christian Church and the Northern Cebu Church located in Daan Bantayan, 61 church members lost their homes and all they owned. HOPE worldwide and our church partners rescued the church members and evacuated them to Cebu City where conditions are not so desperate.  Other ICOC churches in the Visayas affected are Bohol and Ilo-ilo.  At the present time, we are helping them access basic services, and they are joining us in relief operations within their municipalities.

Please pray for the safety of Gilbert, a member of the Tacloban Church, who remains missing.

Below is our disaster response plan that includes the current relief work HOPE worldwide Philippines is implementing in five locations affected by the Typhoon Haiyan and the October 2013 earthquake:

November 12 – December 15:  Delivering Relief

In Tacloban, Bantayan, Bohol, Aklan and Ilo-Ilo, HOPE worldwide and our ICOC church partners will be distributing relief supplies to 50,000 displaced and starving people.

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Week of November 19 - With the help of AmeriCares, we will distribute 1,600 hygiene kits to the evacuation centers in Cebu City. The beneficiaries are survivors who have been waiting since last week in Cebu’s ports and airports to be evacuated via boat or a C130 to join their relatives in the provinces.

The Metro Manila Christian Church and NAC Relief are making it possible to provide 1,500 family relief packs - each valued at US$25.  The packs include rice, canned goods, other groceries and hygiene kits.   They will be distributed to Daang Bantayan in Northern Cebu this Saturday and Sunday.  A member of the Taiwan church, 11 Christians from San Diego along with the Metro Cebu Christian Church are volunteering to help with the purchasing, packing and distributions of goods for 1,500 families.

HOPE worldwide Philippines is providing psychosocial support, housing, food, and healthcare to disaster victims within the Tacloban, Daan Bantayan and Ilo-Ilo churches.

Meeting the Needs of the ICOC Church Family

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On November 16-17, HOPE worldwide provided two psychologists and social workers to facilitate psychosocial trauma and debriefing trainings for the Cebu Church volunteers. Groups of Cebu church members have been assigned to be the support group for the Tacloban and Daan Bantayan church members who were affected by the storm.

  • Tacloban and Daan Bantayan Christians were assessed by our psych staff to determine their psychosocial needs and the toll these disasters have taken on their lives.
  • The Manila and Cebu Churches provided the survivors with accommodations and helped meet their recovery needs.

Additional Relief Activities

HOPE worldwide Philippines together with volunteers from our ICOC family of churches are also currently serving and giving to families by providing:

1.       Travel Assistance - Teams are helping survivors return to their provinces.  We have sponsored 101 survivors so they could return to Cebu City. Our team was featured yesterday and today on ABS and CBN, which are popular Philippines television stations, and several national newspapers.

2.       Counseling and Comfort - In Cebu and Manila, volunteers provided counseling and comfort to patients in hospitals and evacuation centers.
3.       Play Therapy and Psychosocial Activities – Hundreds of displaced children in Bohol, Cebu, Tacloban, Daan Bantayan and Ilo-Ilo are receiving support. 
4.       Lost Family Searches – Hww volunteers from the Arts, Media and Sports ministries set up a “Help Desk” to help church members locate their missing relatives in the typhoon-affected regions.
5.       Healthcare – Donated medicines from our international partners, such as Heart to Heart, will be arriving soon to support our local healthcare partners operating in disaster areas.

HOPE worldwide thanks you for your support that is making this response possible.  

CEO Update:  Philippines Disaster Response

A video message from Randy Jordan about the situation in Tacloban City and the efforts currently underway to help meet the needs of our church family and a nation in tremendous need.  Haga clic aquí para ver la versión en español.

Video from Tacloban City

November 13, 2013 - The HOPE worldwide team from the Metro Manila Christian Church, led by Koko Enrile, arrived in Tacloban City, Philippines.  While they were in the city, a television crew from TV4 in Stockholm, Sweden followed our team as they assessed the situation and needs of the survivors.  Watch video.

Situation Report #3:  Aiding Typhoon Victims in Taclaban City

November 12, 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has impacted 11.3 million people in the Philippines. Many citizens are struggling to survive as they await aid.  The city of Tacloban in Leyte is the worst of all.  So far, the official death toll is at 1,798 and many fear the number may reach 10,000. The UN reported that 673,000 people are displaced from their homes and their survival depends on help reaching them quickly.

HOPE worldwide Teams Arrive From Manila and Cebu

HOPE worldwide responded swiftly by mobilizing water and relief goods to Daan Bantayan in the North of Cebu

City and Tacloban City in Leyte.  Teams from Manila and Cebu managed to bring aid to Tacloban today - four days after the typhoon destroyed the islands of the country.

The relief teams are helping victims to access emergency shelters in nearby cities where volunteers are opening their homes to these displaced individuals.  Food, water and life-saving supplies are being mobilized to help the people in need. Arrangements are being made for medical supplies to be airlifted into the Philippines in coordination with local government and World Health Organization.

Koko Enrile, Evangelist from the Metro Manila Christian Church, led a relief team and described what they saw in Tacloban City,

We were all shocked by the massive destruction we saw. Streams of people were walking to get out of the city to seek shelter outside as most homes have either been totally destroyed or heavily damaged. There is a shortage of food and water so some residents have resorted to looting food warehouses despite the declaration of martial law. The city looks like it was war ravaged or worse. We gave out relief goods and first aid kits and water to the survivors who displayed such gratitude that tears were flowing unashamedly from everyone.

"Worse Than A Tsunami"

The needs are massive. Experienced relief workers describe the situation as “worse than a tsunami”. The Red Cross is bringing in 10,000 body bags as search and rescue teams continue to help families who are searching through the rubbles and debris – many still looking for the bodies of their lost ones; even if it is to just give them a proper and respectful burial.

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Health and safety are two big concerns.   The current living conditions are going to take a toll on the victims who have survived the storm.  Now, they face months of survival. Tetanus and infectious diseases are a real danger, as well as the security and safety of relief workers. Martial law has been imposed in the areas as well.

HOPE worldwide has been actively involved in helping communities impacted by disasters globally.  In the Philippines, HOPE worldwide has been working for almost 20 years; protecting children and helping communities overcome the challenges of poverty.

The people of the Philippines need your help today.   The best option is for our disaster response teams to procure relief items locally - enabling us to obtain them quicker and at a lower price than international in-kind shipments. Your financial gift is key in helping those who need it most.

The time is now, let us join hands to bring hope and make a difference.

To make a donation to support HOPE worldwide’s current disaster relief efforts, please use the “Donate Now” button below.

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Situation Report #2: Mobilizing Relief for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

November 10, 2013 - Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, devastated the central islands of the Philippines with 195 mph winds and a 16 foot storm surge.  Wooden houses along the coast of these remote and less developed islands crumbled and concrete buildings did not escape damage in these tsunami-like conditions. 

The full impact is still unknown as communications have been down. The Mayor of Tacloban and the local police have told various media outlets that they estimate up to 10,000 dead.  The Philippines government has confirmed 151 deaths, but it is estimated that up to 4.5 million people have been affected.

The Situation and Response

typhoon yolanda, haiyanThe HOPE worldwide team in Cebu and Bohol, where an earthquake struck three weeks ago, are safe.  They were able to quickly respond to help local communities since they were still nearby.  Food and emergency supplies have been distributed in northern Cebu.  Although Cebu sustained damage, it was not the hardest hit.

Currently, there is great concern for the residents of Leyte Island.   Tacloban City, which has a population of 200,000, was heavily impacted.  CNN reports that no building in this coastal city escaped damage. Travel to the island is limited but the HOPE worldwide teams from Manila, Cebu and Bohol are finding ways to bring emergency supplies, medical doctors, and psychosocial support to those who desperately need help.

Time is of the essence as we strive to quickly get relief to the survivors. Food supplies and water are scarce, resulting in lootings within Tacloban.  Some media sources reported gun fire in the area.  Shelters are also limited due to the fact that many buildings are heavily damaged.

The road to recovery will be a very long journey.  Now, we need to help them survive the next few weeks.   Please join us to bring hope and help.  

To make a donation to support HOPE worldwide’s current disaster relief efforts, please use the “Donate Now” button below.

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Situation Report #1: Typhoon Haiyan Makes Landfall in the Philippines

November 8, 2013 - Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, swept through the central Philippines today. This storm brought 195 mph wind that shut down electricity and services among the islands. The HOPE worldwide team is waiting for a complete report from the islands across the Visayas Region.

HOPE worldwide's relief team is currently moving supplies of water, hygiene kits, and emergency shelters for the disaster victims, as well as working to bring in medical supplies. In addition, the Hww team has been helping victims of earthquake in the Bohol province in the last few weeks as well; working closely with communities and local government.

Situation updates will be posted as additional information becomes available.


Philippines Disaster Update and Urgent Prayer Request 

NOVEMBER 7, 2013Please pray for the safety of HOPE worldwide's team, our church partners and the people they are serving as Typhoon Haiyan will impact the Philippines today. CNN reports that Haiyan, a Category 5 storm, has sustained winds at 190 mph with gusts as strong as 230 mph.  Haiyan is one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded.  

Earthquake Disaster Update:

HOPE worldwide Philippines, along with the Metro Bohol Christian Church and the Cebu Church, are assisting those impacted by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol last month.  Below is a summary of their activities.

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  • Disaster response team deployed within 36 hours after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
  • Partnered with Metro Bohol Christian Church
  • Distributed 1,452 gallons of purified drinking water to 300 families in Poblacion, Sagbayan and in Cagbansag and Alilihan, San Isidro.
  • Conducted expressive therapy for 211 children in three communities. 
  • Disciples donated Php24,000.00 after the presentation of needs to Cebu Church.
  • Twelve members from the Metro Bohol Christian Church oriented about psychosocial support. 
  • Local television coverage of Hww Philippines' psychosocial activities at Sagbayan Central Elementary School by TV5. According to TV5, HOPE worldwide was the first organization to make these activities available for the children.


  • Ground assessment in the municipalities of Loon and Maribojoc completed third day after the quake
  • Working with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 
  • Assisting the Cebu Church Relief Operation for the municipality of Loon
  • Participated in the Camp Leaders meeting in Sagbayan Central Elementary School


  • Psychosocial activities needed for adults
  • Need two (2) disciples as volunteer assistants, no applicants yet.


  • Housing shortage for workersl
  • Availability of Evaluation and Assessment Tools needed to measure the effect of this disaster on local children
  • Transportation expense may increase due to distance between areas being served
  • Cost and logistics of delivering purified drinking water other relief supplies and continuing assessment to other affected areas


  • Set up an office in a disciple's house
  • Continue providing psychosocial activities with chilren in Sagbayan and other affected areas
  • Continue supplying purified drinking water until the water system in the affected areas is restored
  • Get quote for hygiene kit and purchase of additional supplies; and identify areas of distribution.
  • HOPE worldwide Cebu, Tabang Sugbo and Cebu church are conducting a relief drive for in-kind donations to be delivered to Bohol

Philippines Earthquake Update - October 21

On October 15, 2013,  a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck two provinces of Central Visayas in the Philippines. Since the earthquake, 175 people have been reported dead and almost 500 people have been injured. The needs have continued to grow as basic supplies run low and stores remain closed in the affected and isolated areas. Many communities are still without electricity and water.

The day after the earthquake, a HOPE worldwide Disaster Response Team made a courageous attempt to reach the hard-hit province of Bohol. Within two days, our team was able to reach the municipalities of Maribojoc and Loon, where nearly 90 percent of the town structures have suffered damage or have completely collapsed. The HOPE worldwide team has been coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Health to assess the areas of greatest need and to assist in the continual recovery efforts. Romy and January Samson, the leaders of our partner church in Bohol, have been instrumental in housing response team workers and coordinating the delivery of 500 gallons of clean water to the region. Future plans include distributing much-needed medicines and basic supplies as well as organizing psychosocial activities for children affected by the disaster.

Please join us in praying for the continuing needs in the Philippines.

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Philippines Situation Update - October 20, 2013

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Earthquake Hits the PhilippinesQuake, Philippines, Bohol

October 16, 2013 - The provinces of Bohol and Cebu were placed under a state of calamity after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit the Visayas region yesterday morning.    There have been 67 fatalities confirmed in Central Visayas after the powerful earthquake struck Bohol at 8:12 a.m.  The death toll is expected to rise as the roads and bridges now impassable are reopened.  The epicenter of the quake was in the town of Carmen where the view deck of the famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol's most popular tourist attraction, suffered extensive damage.

The Current Situation

A series of aftershocks are being felt and could continue for a few months. The number of casualties is expected to rise as reports arrive from remote areas that are currently inaccessible due to damaged bridges and landslides. Air travel to and from Bohol is currently suspended due to damaged airport facilities. Ship traffic coming and going out of Cebu and Bohol is also suspended.

News from Bohol is that the members of our partner churches are all okay, but electricity, communication lines (except phones) and water are unavailable at this time. Most businesses and stores are closed. Damage to structures is evident. 

Quake, Philippines, BoholHOPE worldwide’s Response

As many as 5 million people could be affected. Needs could mount in the following days once the hardly hit areas will become accessible. Cebu province is intact when it comes to supplies. While Bohol province might be in need for help soon. HOPE worldwide is coordinating with the Philippines office and monitoring the situation closely in Cebu and in Bohol.

Two HOPE worldwide relief teams are on the move to Cebu City and to Bohol Province.  Some relief supplies are being mobilized to help the victims.

 For more information on the situation, please contact:

  • Jerry Tonel, Disaster Response Manager; j2nel@yahoo.com
  • Jun Velasco, Country Director; velascojun@yahoo.com
  • Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator; charles_ham@hopeww.org




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