100 DAYS LATER
A ChildFund staff member describes what he saw in the Philippines right after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated an entire region: “Children are on the streets, looking for parents and family members. They are traumatized by what's happened — they're hungry, they're thirsty. Often their parents are either missing or trying to get food, trying to get water …. No one's looking after them.”
100 days later, children across the Philippines are still traumatized. But ChildFund has been looking after them.
And now it’s time to help families get back to work, children back to learning and still-shattered communities back to caring for and protecting their own.
For these children and their families, the emergency continues. And it is exhausting.
“This is a war of sorts,” says Ike Evans, ChildFund’s director for Global Safety and Security. “It is a war against hunger and disease. It is a war against negative coping strategies families feel forced to adopt. It is a war against thirst, and it is a war against international news cycles and ambivalence.”
The need in the Philippines was urgent 100 days ago. The need is urgent now. It will still be urgent 100 days from now, and 100 days after that, and 100 days after that.
Help us help the children and families of the Philippines get their lives back — and be ready for next time.
Download an overview of ChildFund’s response strategy.
Typhoon Haiyan: 100 Days Later
Child-Centered Spaces continue to provide a safe place for children as their parents focus on rebuilding homes.
Thirteen weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, children and families continue to struggle. Infrastructure including electricity and water continue slowly coming back online, but some areas are still rationing water. Rains plagued the Visayas in early January, adding to the discomfort of families already left homeless by the typhoon and hampering mobility of government and non-government staff and aid workers. The weather also diminished attendance at some Child-Centered Spaces, or CCSs.
So far, ChildFund has delivered 32,575 food packs (each of which feeds five people for five days) and 9,771 non-food item kits. Of the 15 CCSs ChildFund opened, 13 are still running.
Meanwhile, ChildFund is beginning to shift its strategy from relief efforts to recovery. This means, in part, supporting the transition from CCSs into a community-based child protection model.
Overview of Communities
Roxas City, Capiz:
Three Child-Centered Spaces are still running in Roxas City. Since most public elementary schools and day care centers reopened on Jan. 6, CCSs have reduced schedules, only on Saturdays and Sundays. ChildFund has also provided orientations on CCS activities to PTA officers, community council members and educators from six schools.
ChildFund continues its work to help communities take on responsibility for child protection mechanisms to ensure that children will continue to be protected and CCS activities will integrate into community- and school-based approaches. The three CCSs now operate only on Saturdays.
Parents report that they are happy to see their children happy in the CCSs. ChildFund provided teachers with training on psychosocial support, and the teachers are now applying some of the activities in their classes.
Tacloban, Tolosa, Tanauan and Palo, Leyte:
Local volunteers and schoolteachers continue to provide CCS activities, some of them after school, now that classes have resumed.