InterAction Members Respond To Typhoon Haiyan

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One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded devastated parts of the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, affecting more than 14 million people – including at least five million children. Many lost everything: their loved ones, their homes, their livelihoods. 

A disaster of this magnitude required a massive and coordinated global response effort. Supplies and experienced humanitarian workers, including from the InterAction members listed below, were deployed from around the world in the immediate aftermath to support government-led efforts in the Philippines. Many InterAction members had worked in these areas for decades and have established partner networks in the country.

It will take years for the communities hit by Haiyan to recover and rebuild. InterAction members continue to support that effort. Visit their websites to learn more about their ongoing work.

Please scroll down to see how InterAction members responded to the crisis in the first few months after the typhoon.

See InterAction's guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters, or visit the Center for International Disaster Information for more information about appropriate disaster relief response.

Media inquiries may be directed to Burt Edwards ( or 202.552.6554).  

Action Against Hunger USA

With extensive experience working across the Philippines since 2000, Action Against Hunger’s on-the-ground experts were able to mount an immediate post-typhoon emergency...

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on the ground with emergency teams to assess the damage and provide relief assistance with project centers both in the capital...

All Hands Volunteers

PROJECT LEYTE was launched on Monday, December 2nd. Our initial work will focus on helping residents clear debris and salvage any materials that can be re-used. We hope to...

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has begun collecting funds for relief efforts. Responding to a quickly rising death toll and catastrophic destruction, JDC...

American Red Cross International Services

The American Red Cross is supporting the Philippine Red Cross in their response to Typhoon Haiyan. In addition to supporting evacuations before the storm struck, the global Red...

American Refugee Committee

The American Refugee Committee (ARC) will carry out rapid assessments in rural areas of the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.  ARC will engage with local...


AmeriCares is responding to Typhoon Haiyan by providing medicines, medical supplies, and relief items to long-standing partners in the Philippines, with whom we’ve worked for more...

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) is working with the Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania and other Philippine Medical Societies to provide assistance in...

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Through the cash-for-work program, Tzu Chi has provided 500 pesos per day per person to clean debris from disaster stricken areas, most notably the city of Tacloban. Starting from...

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services has been active in the Philippines for decades and will be working on the recovery from this storm for as long as needed. Our initial help will be shelter...


CBM has a regional office in the Philippines.  Our emergency response unit is working closely with the regional office and the 10 partners located in the path of typhoon...

ChildFund International

ChildFund, along with our partners in the ChildFund Alliance, has launched an appeal for $10 million for immediate relief and long-term recovery for children and families affected...

Church World Service

CWS will support early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines, including the United Methodist...

CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc.

Members of Concern’s emergency response team, including our Manila-based country representative, have launched a rapid needs assessment focusing on the most impacted areas in...

Convoy of Hope

To date, more than 1.3 million meals have been distributed in the Philippines. In all, approximately 3,000,000 meals as well as relief supplies like water filters, hygiene...

Direct Relief

More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies – valued at $275,000 – are en route to the Philippines, with more on the way, as Direct Relief’s Emergency Team...

Friends of ACTED

ACTED teams, present in the Philippines since December 2012 and the previous response to Typhoon Bopha, are responding to the crisis. A REACH team, dedicated to coordination...

Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope is working to immediately send hygiene products, water filtration systems, medical supplies, and basic goods like diapers. In addition, we are preparing to...

Global Communities

Global Communities is sending out an experienced team to assess the situation and begin preparations for a recovery period. Our team will be focused on transitional shelter,...


This fund will support disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as in any other areas the storm ends up reaching...

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity teams are assessing shelter needs in all areas affected. Immediate response efforts include the distribution of 50,000 clean-up and hygiene kits for immediate...

Handicap International

Handicap International has been working in the Philippines for 28 years. In our immediate response to the emergency, we brought in 50 water filtration pumps to the worst-affected...

Heifer International

Heifer International is working with local organizations and the local government to provide relief to our 4,000 project members affected by Typhoon Haiyan. When our farmers are...

HelpAge USA

HelpAge will work with its local partner and affiliate, Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), to respond to the urgent needs of over 100,000 people who are older as well as...

Helping Hand for Relief and Development

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has launched an emergency response for the victims of Philippines Typhoon. The response will include food, clean water, shelter,...

International Emergency and Development Aid

For the initial phase of its emergency response in the Philippines, IEDA Relief has deployed a team of experts to conduct a needs assessment. IEDA Relief has the capacity to...

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps has a team on the ground in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. Noel Miranda, who previously led an International Medical Corps pandemic...

International Orthodox Christian Charities

International Orthodox International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has assembled its emergency response personnel to assess the urgent humanitarian needs for victims of...

International Relief and Development

International Relief & Development (IRD) staff and partners are currently conducting assessments on the ground in the affected areas, and IRD has an extensive network of in-...

International Relief Teams

Working with a consortium of local partners, International Relief Teams (IRT) is providing water, food and water purification tablets to affected regions within the Philippines....

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)  has dispatched an emergency team to the Philippines to launch an urgent response to the humanitarian crisis wreaked by Typhoon...

Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA has launched an emergency appeal to assist survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Islamic Relief's teams around the world are working hard to send immediate relief to...

Life for Relief & Development

Life for Relief and Development is working with its partners to provide emergency aid to families that have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Life plans to...

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief, with more than 25 years experience in the Philippines, is mobilizing staff and resources to respond to Typhoon Haiyan. Coordinating with local partners and...

Lutheran World Relief

In response to Typhoon Haiyan, LWR is distributing shelter repair kits; implementing cash-for-work activities focused on debris removal while also getting much-...

Lutheran World Relief

Immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) was on the ground working with local partners to mobilize resources and implement relief and...

MedShare International

MedShare is supporting Medical Mission teams on the ground who are delivering life-saving medical supplies to the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. MedShare...

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

As the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan continues to unfold in the Philippines, MCC partners are on the ground delivering emergency aid to storm survivors and assessing the next...

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is deploying seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of...

Operation USA

 Having worked on disaster relief in the Philippines since 1986, we have long term partners on the ground through which are delivering aid, particularly through the Ministry...

Oxfam America

Oxfam’s rapid assessment teams have been deployed to Samar, Leyte and Northern Cabu to provide emergency supplies of water, sanitation and shelter.The most urgent needs are...


PCI is sending a humanitarian rapid response and assessment team to the Philippines. The team will be identifying the hardest hit areas and assessing the short-term, medium-term...

Plan International USA

Plan International USA has prepositioned WASH kits in all program units and in emergency shelters and is working to mobilize support from other country offices in the region.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Hunger Program

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working in collaboration with our local partner and as a member of the international ACT Alliance to respond to this crisis. Food and water had...

Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E. sent a 20-foot, disaster relief container of medical supplies to Bethany Hospital in Tacloban. Contents of the container were delivered by the Philippine...

Relief International

Relief International (RI) is providing emergency needs and primary medical care to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. RI’s team is on the ground in the Philippines mounting a response to...

Save the Children

Save the Children has established operations to provide urgently needed support to children and their families following the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the...

ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox is focusing on providing emergency tented shelter, water filters, blankets, toolkits, solar lights and other non-food items to families impacted by the Typhoon Haiyan....

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

As is our practice with international disaster relief, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) will take the lead in distributing funds where they can do the most good,...

United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR HQ approved a grant to our Philippines office to provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 people (about 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte...

US Fund for UNICEF

More than 5 million children have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with more than 1,700,000 children displaced. UNICEF’s top priorities are focused on life-saving interventions –...


UNHCR, along with other international agencies, is working closely with the Government of the Philippines to reach those affected by the super typhoon, as the number of reported...

World Concern

World Concern is responding through our partners on the ground, providing technical assistance and expertise, support for early response (water, NFIs, food, shelter), as well as...

World Food Program USA

A cargo of special biscuits designed for emergency situations arrived in the Philippines on November 12 as part of the World Food Program’s (WFP) contribution to the Typhoon...

World Renew

World Renew is responding to Typhoon Haiyan in cooperation with the 19 members of the Integral Alliance. World Renew’s main partner is the Christian Reformed Church in the...

World Animal Protection

WSPA’s Disaster Response Team has been deployed to the Philippines and is working with key partner organizations and disaster response trained veterinary practitioners to assess...

World Vision

World Vision (WV) has launched a multi-million dollar global appeal for financial support to provide emergency relief to 400,000 people in the Philippines. We have deployed four...

Zakat Foundation of America

After Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) deployed a team of representatives to distribute emergency food packages,...

Zakat Foundation of America

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) has dispatched a team to assess the needs. In the immediate time, ZF will provide basic food packages with rice, sardines, and water to victims of...

Media Contacts

Action Against Hunger
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport

ADRA International
Crister L. DelaCruz

All Hands Volunteers
Tamera Gugelmeyer

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Michael Geller

American Jewish World Service
Suzanne Offen

American Red Cross
Jana Sweeny

American Refugee Committee
Therese M. Gales

Donna Porstner

Brother's Brother Foundation
Karen Dempsey

Build Change
Allison Heyne

Brian Feagans

Catholic Relief Services
Tom Price

ChildFund International
Cynthia Price

Church World Service
Matt Hackworth

Concern Worldwide
Ed Kenney

Convoy of Hope
Jeff Nene

Direct Relief
Kerri Murray

Feed the Children
Erin Engelke




Giving Children Hope
Cathy Baek
714-523-4454 Ext. 107

Alison Carlman

Habitat for Humanity International
Jennifer Lindsey

Handicap International
Mica Bevington

Heifer International
Allison Stephens

HelpAge USA
Jane Scobie
+44 20-7278-7778

Helping Hand
Nuzhat Jawed
313-279-5378 x104

Humane Society International
Raul Contreras

International Medical Corps
Jaya Vadlamudi

International Orthodox Christian Charities
Rada Tierney

International Relief & Development
Jeffrey Grieco

International Relief Teams
Susan Callahan

International Rescue Committee
Edward Bligh

Islamic Relief
David Hawa

Life for Relief & Development
Mohammad Alomari
(248)-424-7493 Ext 7421

Lutheran World Relief
Emily Sollie

Hannah Mae Miners

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Cheryl Zehr Walker


Mercy Corps
Christine Nyirjesy Bragale 

Mary Dolan

Oxfam America
Matt Herrick

PCI International
Bonnie Maratea
858-279-9690 x326

Plan International USA
Robin Costello
401-738-5600 x 1318 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Pamela Burdine
1-888-728-7228 ext 5839

Save the Children
Francine Uenuma

ShelterBox USA
Tiffany Stephenson

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Dick Campbell
617-868-6600 ext. 230

United Methodist Committee on Relief
James Rollins

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Susannah Masur

World Concern
Cathy Herholdt

World Food Program USA
Erin Cochran

World Renew
Beth Degraff

World Vision
Laura Blank