Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda locally, slammed into the central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013 with winds reaching 235 mph – the strongest ever recorded to make landfall.

Following on-site evaluations by its local and international staff, Give2Asia has decided to focus its long-term recovery work exclusively in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Guiuan is the third poorest municipality in the Philippines and was the first point of contact the Philippines had with the typhoon. Almost all of the 12,000 households in the region were destroyed entirely, affecting the livelihood of 54,000 people in total. To date, the recovery efforts in the region have suffered numerous setbacks due the regions susceptibility to inclement weather. During Give2Asia’s visit alone, a tropical storm passed by the Guiuan municipality and destroyed over 1,400 temporary shelters.

To face these challenges, Give2Asia has partnered with reputable organizations that we have proven, local expertise. By working with The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), the Guiuan Development Foundation Inc. (GDFI), and the Guiuan municipal government, we have crafted a comprehensive response that addresses both immediate and long-term needs of Guiuan and its people.Beyond immediate relief needs, Guiuan will face years of rebuilding homes, infrastructure and livelihoods. Give2Asia commits to addressing these long-term needs by partnering with local charities, investing in long-term recovery projects, and reporting back to donors on how every dollar is spent. In addition to Eastern Samar, Give2Asia’s field team based in Manila is reporting that 14 million people have been affected in the following regions:

  • Marinduque
  • Occidental and Oriental Mindoro
  • Palawan
  • Romblon
  • Bicol Region
  • Western Visayas - Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental
  • Central Visayas - Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental
  • Eastern Visayas - Biliran, Samar, Leyte

Give2Asia has responded to five previous disasters in the Philippines, including the 7.2 earthquake that struck in early Oct. For our partners in the Philippines, Google Crisis Alert Map (below) is listing shelters, supply drop-offs and other critical information.

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The following local nonprofit partners in the Philippines are carrying out their own efforts at relief and recovery efforts in specific communities. You can also support for these organizations for typhoon relief and recovery.


The Department of Education (DepEd) is continuing efforts to recover and reconstruct school records damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in affected divisions of Eastern Visayas and Western Visayas.  DepEd began the assessment in December 2013 and mapped out a strategy in recovery and reconstruction of select school records given the constraints in the area. 


Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD MRI) is a global leader in the microfinance industry, and is owned and led by members upholding the core values of excellence, competence, integrity, family-spirit, humility and simplicity. CARD MRI is committed to building sustainable financial and capacity-building institutions owned and led by socially and economically challenged families.

CARD MRI provides continued access to integrated microfinance and special development services such as Credit with Education, and innovative community programs that organize and empower women and their families. CARD MRI upholds the highest standards of stewardship of financial, human and institutional resources. The organization has also established an educational assistance program to ensure that college-aged students will have easier access to education and therefore will have an improved quality of life.


PBSP is currently on the ground in Eastern Samar, in the central Philippines, to provide emergency relief assistance to families and individuals devastated by the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Long-term plans for rehabilitation and recovery for the area/residents will be drawn and relayed within the coming weeks. Learn more and donate at