Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan
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The Philippines is still reeling from the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan. Plan International is working closely with communities to help them rebuild their lives, and prepare for future disasters.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

We have been working in the Philippines since 1961 to help families and communities provide a better quality of life for their children.

CHALLENGES

While the economy in the Philippines continues to grow, poverty still presents a major challenge to the country's overall development.
  • Natural disasters are common - including typhoons and earthquakes - and the poorest people are the most vulnerable.
  • Almost a fifth of Filipinos live on less than $1.55 a day, while 10% own more than a third of the country's wealth.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 69,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
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Children learning about climate change through self-learning kits provided by Plan International.
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A girl enjoys a meal at a child-friendly space supported by Plan International.
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Grace (right) shows her friends how to wash their hands at a child-friendly space supported by Plan International.

How we're helping

We are helping children right from the start, building birthing centres and training midwives so pregnant mothers can give birth safely. We are showing parents the importance of good nutrition as well as how to spot the signs of illness.

We are improving the health and hygiene of school children with new toilets, fresh drinking water and dental check-ups.

What's more, we are helping families to provide better health in the long term with piped water and wells - and savings schemes so they can plan ahead for good health, safe births and emergencies.

Girls in the Philippines are at risk of trafficking and child abuse. Our support helps protect girls and give them equal opportunities to learn and progress.