In November 2019, we donated £15,000 to support survivors of three major earthquakes in the Philippines.

Over 188,000 people were affected by massive infrastructure damage on the southern island of Mindanao. Roads were blocked by landslides and water and sewage systems were destroyed, which lead to a serious risk of disease.

Nearly 1,500 schools were damaged or destroyed, along with roughly 28,000 houses. Rescue workers reported that 31,465 people were displaced, with 24,000 in emergency evacuation centres.

This grant helped Plan International UK to provide more than 4,000 water kits, including a jerry can and water treatment chemicals. The provision of clean water was essential in the prevention of cholera and other diseases which can be life-threatening, especially to young children.

Rafael Garcia Velasquez, Acting Director of International Policy and Programmes, said:

We’re hugely grateful for this generous contribution to Plan International’s disaster response to the Philippines earthquakes. The provision of clean water is an absolute essential in the aftermath of a disaster like this and will help to protect thousands of people.

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