Typhoon Haiyan Relief
JDC’s critical Typhoon Haiyan recovery and rebuilding efforts — developed in consultation with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community, and our global partners — are concentrated on the islands of Cebu, Bohol, and Panay, whose impoverished, already vulnerable populations were deeply impacted by the disaster.
We’re leveraging our experience and expertise in education, psychosocial support, livelihood recovery, public health, and disaster preparedness to bring relief to the Filipino people.
With your help, JDC will:
- rebuild damaged preschools and elementary schools, and get classes up and running and teachers trained
- provide support training to professionals addressing devastating emotional trauma in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition
- explore ways to sustainably rebuild the Philippine fishing industry, including providing new fishing boats and replanting uprooted mangroves
- work with local partners to develop a unit of mobile boat health clinics to reach Filipinos living on remote islands
- provide disaster preparedness training
Be a part of this response and ensure that Typhoon Haiyan survivors and their communities can rebuild a strong and stable future.
JDC responded urgently to Typhoon Haiyan, a tropical cyclone that hit Southeast Asia in early November 2013 and caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, killing over 5,900 people and affecting an estimated 14.1 million, destroying homes, schools, and livelihoods.
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, JDC quickly mobilized relief efforts on the ground to:
- ship food, shelter, hygiene, and medical supplies and ensure the provision of clean water and emergency aid for children with the support of our partners: the Afya Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, UNICEF, the International Medical Corps, and the International Rescue Committee
- partner with the IDF Field Hospital, providing critically important medical equipment and supplies, especially for infants
- deploy a team of disaster relief and development experts to assess needs, distribute aid, and lay the groundwork for sustainable development initiatives
In line with JDC policy, 100% of funds collected for Typhoon Haiyan relief will be used for this disaster.
JDC’s Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines have been covered by a wide variety of local, national, and international media outlets, including CNN, FoxNews, AP, ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, and NPR, as well as Jewish and Israel outlets including Haaretz, JTA, JNS, Asian Jewish Life, The Jewish Week, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, The L.A. Jewish Journal, Forward, eJewishPhilanthropy, and Arutz Sheva.
A major op-ed by JDC CEO Alan H. Gill describes the organization’s relief efforts and why a historic act of kindness by the Philippines to grant safe haven to Jews feeling Nazi persecution should compel people worldwide to help the devastated island nation today.