Here’s a quick look at some humanitarian fast facts:
- Agriculture is a main source of income, including farming and fishing (Borgen Project
- One-quarter of the Philippines’ population lives below the poverty line
- While there has been a reduction in poverty across the country, improvements have been slow and uneven
- On September 12, 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) made landfall. It left trails of devastation in four northern regions. It’s the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2018
- Over 3 million people were affected. About 100 died, and thousands now live in temporary evacuation shelters
Islamic Relief first helped in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”) in November 2013. Since then, IRUSA donors have supported humanitarian aid efforts for survivors of the natural disaster and their families.
IRUSA responded immediately to the 2018 typhoon and conducted an assessment. We provided a $50,000 response to provide cash and livelihood assistance to thousands. We’re continuing to support the shelter needs of thousands of survivors.