The Philippines is an archipelago of some 7,107 islands — placing it in prime territory for natural disasters, such as hurricanes and typhoons. Most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms, and some 19 typhoons within the region in a typical year. About half of those make landfall.
Damage from such natural disasters often exacerbates the impoverished living conditions of many of the island-nation’s residents. One-quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. While there has been a reduction in poverty across the country, improvements have been slow and uneven.
Islamic Relief first helped in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”) in November 2013. Since then, IRUSA donors have supported humanitarian aid efforts for survivors of the natural disaster and their families.