Children International Continues to Work with Philippine Officials in Recovery

Children International Continues to Work with Philippine Officials in Recovery

Children a Central Priority in Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

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Families are relieved to receive help with food and necessities.

Jack McCanna assesses damage.

Children International’s community center in Legazpi City serves as a base for providing assistance to victims of Haiyan.


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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:00am

Kansas City, MO, November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ -The latest Government estimates from OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) indicate that of the 13.25 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 5.4 million are children. Additionally, of the 4.4 million people displaced from their homes, over 1 million are children.

Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, has seen areas of extreme destruction from Typhoon Haiyan firsthand and is participating in the recovery process. Mr. McCanna explains, "One of the highest priorities has been implementing child-friendly spaces for the children who already have and continue to endure so much as a result of Haiyan. Many children have lost their homes and loved ones. Providing them with safe spaces and caring adults trained to address issues they are facing is extremely important." He notes, "Teachers are even asking for simple items such as makeup – so that they can look as though things are 'normal' instead of appearing like refugees themselves to the already traumatized children." 

The OCHA report notes the need to protect women and children since the lack of electricity and infrastructure place women and children at risk. Mr. McCanna explains further that one of the top concerns is that displaced children are very vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, and this is a serious problem since 90 percent of the daycare capacity has been destroyed in the most heavily affected zones."  

Children International’s Award-Winning Crisis Response History in the Philippines

Over the years, Children International has implemented various disaster-recovery efforts in the typhoon-prone country, running the spectrum from disaster-preparedness training and drills to providing permanent housing for families who were forced to resettle after their houses were buried under mudslides.

Last year, Children International Philippines of the Bicol region received the Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian Assistance by the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As a result of receiving the award for three consecutive years, Children International also received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its work in disaster relief. In addition, Country Director Pio Salvador received special recognition for his “invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.”

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Christy Howard

Public Relations

Children International

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