Typhoon disaster relief

Funding required: $255,750

This project will help: 3,275 families and 11 Compassion church partners

Estimated completion date: October 2021

Country: Philippines

Executive summary

The strongest cyclone ever to hit the Philippines, typhoon Rolly, made landfall on November 1, 2020, causing widespread devastation. Just 10 days later, on November 11, the country was hit by a second typhoon, Ulysses. The heavy rainfall and strong winds caused extensive flooding, severely damaging thousands of homes and wiping others away entirely.

Estimated to have impacted more than 4.3 million people in total, the two typhoons completely destroyed 514 Compassion beneficiaries’ homes and left 2,761 others significantly damaged. Many families were forced to evacuate, with some beneficiaries even left stranded on their rooftops as they awaited rescue. In addition, 16 Compassion centres were left terribly damaged. Eleven of them just don’t have the financial resources necessary to rebuild.

Compassion Philippines quickly mobilized emergency relief assistance, providing impacted beneficiaries and church partners with essential food and hygiene supplies. But these families remain in urgent need of safe shelter. Many of them are living in crowded evacuation centres while they wait for further assistance. The close quarters not only put families at risk of contracting COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, but also make children more vulnerable to abuse.

Our church partners need help, too. Having a safe and clean facility is a critical part of serving their communities in these difficult times. However, some of them just don’t have the resources they need to rebuild.

Did you know?

Tropical storms are common in the Philippines, with between 12 and 18 typhoons hitting the country every year.



In November, Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses hit the Philippines within 10 days of each other, causing massive damage and devastation and impacting over 4.5 million people. Families in hard-hit communities were forced to take temporary shelter in overcrowded evacuation centres, facing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as well as other diseases and infections. These families also lost crops, farm animals and their sources of income.

The immense challenges posed by the disaster have been aggravated by the pandemic, with quarantine restrictions impacting rescue operations and the delivery of emergency relief. Compassion’s church partners in impacted communities across the country have been deploying all the resources they have to meet families’ immediate needs. But with a number of facilities destroyed or severely damaged, they need help.

The need

Compassion Philippines is committed to helping families and church partners recover and rebuild in the wake of this disaster. You can help 2,761 Compassion-assisted families repair their homes and help 514 other families rebuild them entirely. Additionally, your support will help 11 of our dedicated frontline church partners repair and rebuild damaged or destroyed classrooms and church buildings, so they can become fully operational again and continue to offer life-transforming care to children. Funds will also provide additional relief assistance to 3,258 families of beneficiaries whose livelihoods were heavily impacted by the typhoons.

What your gift will do

With safety protocols in place, your support will help provide disaster relief to impacted beneficiaries and church partners, including:

  • Essential repairs for 2,761 homes and new homes for 514 families, including supplies and labour
  • Building repairs and restoration for 11 frontline church partners, including supplies and labour
  • Emergency relief goods for 3,258 families
  • Administration, monitoring and evaluation


  • Local contribution: US$210,482.65 and manual labour where possible
  • Handling of funds: Centre directors will be responsible for purchasing the necessary materials for home restoration and Partnership facilitators will oversee the billing process.
  • Monitoring:Church partners will work with families to determine dates for repairing and rebuilding their houses. A team from the frontline church partners and the partnership facilitator will monitor and oversee the progress of repairs and rebuilding to ensure they are completed on schedule. A dedicated project coordinator will oversee the distribution of relief goods to families in need. Churches undergoing repairs will submit regular progress reports to the national office throughout the intervention.
  • Follow-up: Compassion staff will ensure families are thriving in their restored homes.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.