One year after Haiyan: learning new skills in carpentry

Virgilio Virola, 60 years old, a resident of Leyte, lives with his grandson in a small hut in the middle of a vast rice field. He has two children but they are already living independently with their families. His wife died a few days before Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte on 8 November 2013. He […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: disability and disaster

Delia is 65 years old and is married to Santiago who is 66. They have 2 children (one boy and one girl) who have their own families. Delia and Santiago have 4 grandchildren. “My grandchildren always visit us since they are just next door. We have been living in this area for about 20 years. We used […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: older people caring for multiple generations

Eleazar, 61, has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. His youngest daughter Eleabe, 9, has had a visual impairment since birth. He’s taken care of Eleabe since his wife died in 2008. Two of his children live with him together with their children. On 8 November 2013, they survived the strongest typhoon they have ever encountered. […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: starting anew, with shelter and a garden

Pelagia is a strong, vibrant person and still enjoys gardening at the age of 86. Her optimism and cheerfulness radiates on her face. She is absolutely content with her life no matter how simple it may seem. She had six children but two of them have died. She lives with her teenage granddaughter in a […] Read more

Typhoon Haiyan one year on: older people key to recovery

This report marks the one-year anniversary of the typhoon that the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It details our joint work with our local partner COSE to support older people to recover from the disaster. Language: English Published: HelpAge International (HelpAge-COSE Philippines Emergency Programme), November 2014 Size: 1.9 MB     Read more

Older people key to success in rebuilding Haiyan-affected communities

Older people have been key to helping 150,000 people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, says a new report released today by HelpAge International and the Coalition of Services of the Elderly. New skills have been acquired, stronger homes built and farming diversified using global aid, to help communities on the road to recovery, says the report […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: looking after the most vulnerable

Gaudincio Limpangog, 89, lives alone in a tiny makeshift house at the back of his relative’s house. He is partly deaf and cannot walk far because of his weak legs. His wife, Martina and his only son Domingo died three years ago. He had been adopted and taken care of by his relatives after the […] Read more

Typhoon Haiyan one year on: Older people key to rebuilding communities

Older people have been key to helping 150,000 people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013. New skills have been acquired, stronger homes built and farming diversified using global aid, to help communities on the road to recovery. Language: English Published: HelpAge International and the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: a tailor’s new business

Hilaria Capara, 84-year-old, lives in Western Leyte. She has three children who all have their own families. Her two sons are in Manila and her daughter lives next door to her. Her daughter and family were living with Hilaria after Yolanda, but she wanted things to be quiet so they moved next door. She has 15 […] Read more