One year on from the devastation caused by Super-Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, SCI Philippines released an assessment report based on children’s feedback and rating of the response and support provided in the aftermath of the disaster.
The report summarises the “grades” that children have given to the Haiyan response. Shockingly, some children still don’t have a roof, and they face mounting hunger due to a lack of food security and livelihoods for the very poorest families. While children predicted this one year ago during the “children’s MIRA”, not enough has been done to address it. Other areas that children view as deficient are: access to healthcare and medicine and to higher education for older children. But it is not all bad news, and children say they are largely happy with the goods they received as part of the relief phase and with the responsiveness of aid agencies to their needs. What remains to be seen is whether a bill currently before Congress in the Philippines – House Bill 5062 – that would establish a comprehensive safety program for children in emergencies, will be supported.