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Oxfam Assessment Team survey the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, just days after it hit in Samar, Philippines. Photo: Jire Carreon/Oxfam

Blog: Yolanda on My Mind: The Odyssey of a Humanitarian Worker

Five years since Super Typhoon Haiyan, the worst storm ever to hit the Philippines, here are the critical lessons learned. Through your generous support, we've been to reach more than 850,000 people with humanitarian aid. How amazing is that - thank you!

Oxfam water facility, after Typhoon Haiyan. Anibong district, Tacloban, Philippines. September 2014. Photo: Simon Roberts/Oxfam

Blog: One year after Haiyan hit the Philippines: #MaketheRightMove

When super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, it devastated the country, killing 6,000 people and displacing 4.1 million others. Yet Lan Mercado, Deputy Regional Director in Oxfam Asia, saw opportunities for social transformation in Yolanda’s wake. Have they materialized?

A sign of the incredible resilience of the Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Blog: The art of saying "Thank you"

We might feel aggrieved when we’ve gone out of our way to do something for someone and receive no word of thanks afterwards. I’m sure most of us have felt that way and have been equally guilty of failing to say ‘thank you’ at some time. But working as part of Oxfam’s emergency response team my colleagues and I don’t expect to receive any thanks from the people we work with. It’s our job and it’s their right to receive help during the worst of times - when a disaster has devastated their lives, families, homes, communities, countries. 

The simple saw helps the Philippines recover the ‘tree of life’

Blog: The simple saw helps the Philippines recover the ‘tree of life’

Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread damage to livelihoods. Among the worst affected, was coconut farming with millions of trees being uprooted, damaged or destroyed.

One coconut farmers association estimated the damage to be around 98%. Dubbed as the “tree of life”, it takes between five to seven years for a coconut tree to become productive so recovery will take a long time.

Devant une échoppe sous une tente, aux Philippines : un Père Noël, un sapin et des guirlandes

Blog: Après le typhon Haiyan, aux Philippines : un Noël pas comme les autres

Sur l’île de Bantayan, au nord de Cebu, j’ai trouvé un ukulélé de fabrication artisanale. Quand j’ai commencé à en jouer, les gens autour de moi se sont mis à chanter le célèbre chant de Noël « We wish you a merry Christmas ». Je ne sais pas vraiment qui d’entre nous était le plus surpris ! Aux Philippines, on fête Noël en grand. Dans la ville de Cebu, un panneau annonce pas moins de « douze semaines de fêtes de Noël ». Ca ne plaisante pas ! Noël est généralement l’événement le plus important de l’année. Mais cette année n’est pas une année comme les autres.  

Pequeño puesto improvisado con árboles de Navidad, un Santa Claus y decoraciones festivas colgadas en la parte delantera.

Blog: Navidades en Filipinas después del Typhoon Haiyan: levantarse y ponerse de pie

En la isla de Bantayan, en Cebú del Norte, encuentro un ukelele casero. Cuando empiezo a tocarlo, el grupo de gente a mi alrededor se pone a cantar “We wish you a merry Christmas’". No estoy segura de quién es la más sorprendida. La Navidad se celebra a lo grande en Filipinas. En la ciudad de Cebú hay un letrero que pone 'Las doce semanas de Navidad'. Y no bromean. La Navidad es generalmente la mayor festividad del año, pero este no es un año normal.

A small makeshift stall with a large Santa, Christmas tree and festive decorations strung along the front.

Blog: Philippines: Christmas after Typhoon Haiyan - rise up, stand up

On Bantayan Island, North Cebu, I find a home made ukulele. When I play it the crowd of people around me start singing ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’. I’m not sure who’s the most surprised. Christmas is big in the Philippines. In Cebu City there’s a sign ‘The twelve weeks of Christmas’. They’re not joking. Christmas is normally the biggest event of the year, but this is not a normal year.

One month after Typhoon Haiyan: Rebuilding a just and resilient society

Blog: One month after Typhoon Haiyan: Rebuilding a just and resilient society

This post was written by Lan Mercado, Oxfam’s Deputy Regional Director in Asia. She served as Oxfam’s Country Director in the Philippines from 2001-2009. It was written with contributions from Shaheen Chugtai, Deputy Head of Oxfam’s Humanitarian and Security Issues Team, and research from Paht Tan-Attanawin, Oxfam Project Officer.

Resurgir de entre los escombros en Filipinas

Blog: Resurgir de entre los escombros en Filipinas

Por Cherian Matthews, Director Regional de Oxfam en Asia

Victor Rosales, bénéficiaire de l'aide d'Oxfam, lors d'une distribution de kits d’hygiène à Daanbantayan, aux Philippines. Photo : Chee Chee Leung/OxfamAustralie

Blog: Après le typhon Haiyan aux Philippines, renaître des décombres

Par Cherian Mathews, directeur régional d’Oxfam Asie

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