2020 brought earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and COVID-19.
The Philippines—the third most disaster-prone country in the world—felt the impact of them all.
At the end of 2020, the country was hit by one of the strongest typhoons in its history: Goni. The United Nations reports that at least 25 people were killed, almost 300,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and nearly 3 million people were affected. Flooding and landslides washed away or damaged homes, school and roads.
Then, just over a week later, typhoon Vamco followed, killing 73 people and destroying 150,000 homes. Due to COVID-19, evacuation centres could not be filled to capacity, leaving many people with nowhere to go.
Between both typhoons, nearly 2000 Compassion assisted children were affected, leaving many without shelter. Our Child Sponsorship Program provides them with care and support, but when disasters occur, more is needed to protect not just one child, but all of them. Children living in poverty are among the most vulnerable people in their community and disasters only serve to further expose them to hardship.
But you can help restore hope.
When you give to the Restore Hope Appeal, you provide the resources, support and services needed to help when disaster strikes. Whether children in poverty are affected by storms in the Philippines, locust swarms in Ethiopia or cyclones in Bangladesh, your generous support can provide them with what they need and restore their hope.